A “huge, disgusting” Fatberg weighs the weight of a small bungalow removed from a London sewer.
The public was urged to “be careful about what it flushes” after the malodorous mass was removed from a pipe in Canary Wharf for two weeks.
Thames and MTS Cleansing Services’ water engineers used powerful jets of water and hand tools to chip off the rocky pile that is said to have smelled of compost festival toilets and rotten meat.
Mountains of fat arise when oil, grease and grease that is poured into the sewer system are combined with non-biodegradable objects such as wet wipes, diapers and cotton swabs.
It took two weeks to remove the rocky mass (Thames Water)
Under Yabsley Street, Canary Wharf’s Fatberg clogged long stretches of sewer, and Thames Water said it could have caused sewage into homes and the environment if it had continued to grow.
“This was a huge, disgusting mountain of fat that required a lot of brute force and teamwork to remove,” said Matt Rimmer, Thames Water director of waste disposal.
“Our brilliant engineers were able to remove the huge blockade before it caused serious problems, negotiating difficult and cramped working conditions.
“We ask everyone to help in the fight against the Fatberg by only washing the 3Ps – pee, poo and paper – and throwing fat and oils in the trash, not the sink.”
Before and after the recording, Thames Water took pictures of the place where the Fatberg was located (Thames Water)
The Fatberg is the last in a row to be removed in recent years. Another corresponds to an African elephant that was removed in October 2020.
In 2019 Thames Water 140 tons of fat mountains from the drains of Greenwich, Pall Mall and The Shard.
Thames Water spends £ 18 million annually to clean 75,000 clogs from sewers in London and the Thames Valley.
The “Bin it – don’t block it” campaign encourages customers to consider what can and cannot be flushed in their toilets.
The Fatberg is the latest in a series that Thames Water has removed in recent years (Thames Water).
Chris Henderson, Sales Director at MTS Cleansing Services said, “Our experienced narrow space access team, faced with a number of potential hazards, achieved excellent results in challenging conditions.
“MTS has worked tirelessly with Thames Water from design to completion and we are delighted with the result.”