England, whose greatest gift to the world is America, may want to lay off the fish and chips after utility workers in London discovered a 15-ton blob of congealed fat and baby wipes lodged in a sewer drain.
A blob that size is hard to visualize, but workers said it was the size of a bus, and from what I recall, the buses in London are double deckers.
The utility, which has an excellent press release writer, said the “bus-sized lump of wrongly-flushed festering food fat mixed with wet wipes formed in drains under London Road in Kingston, Surrey. Had it not been removed it could have led to sewage flooding many homes, streets and businesses.”
“Given we’ve got the biggest sewers and this is the biggest fatberg we’ve encountered, we reckon it has to be the biggest such berg in British history,” said Gordon Hailwood, waste contracts supervisor for Thames Water.
The congealed mass of fat was so large it damaged the sewer line and repairs will take up to six weeks.
The blockage was discovered after residents of the area reported they could no longer flush their toilets.
“Fatbergs” build up in sewer systems as fat, oil and grease from food preparation are washed down sinks and other pipes. Officials suggest throwing congealed fat in the trash instead of letting the liquid go down sink drains.
Once the fat is in pipes, wet wipes and other household products begin sticking to it.
Atlanta sewer workers frequenting the pipes under The Varsity were not available for comment.