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Posted 05 August 2013 - 12:26



London water authority Thames Water has discovered what it calls the UK's largest "fatberg;" a mushy deposit of congealed fat and sanitary wipes. Found in a sewer in Kingston, South West London, the fatberg was roughly the size of a bus, and weighed 15 tons. "We've never seen a single, congealed lump of lard this big clogging our sewers before," says Gordon Hallwood, supervisor at Thames Water. The blockage was discovered after local residents reported being unable to flush their toilets.


The horrific deposit was so large that it's taken the sewer in question out of action. Before it was removed, it had reduced the sewer's capacity to just five percent of its regular level, and the damage it caused will take six weeks to repair. "If we hadn't discovered it in time, raw sewage could have started spurting out of manholes across the whole of Kingston." Thames Water has been pleading with Londoners to not dispose of fat and wipes through their drains. It removes tons of fat from London sewers every month at a great cost to customers, and has recently started using the fat to generate electricity.



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Posted 05 August 2013 - 12:30

that is disgusting yuck!  :x

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Posted 05 August 2013 - 12:41

another potential resource to be used as oil substitute.


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Posted 05 August 2013 - 12:41

Fat and sanitary wipes? Could that be any more disgusting.

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Posted 05 August 2013 - 12:42

how else would you dispose of wipes?

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Posted 05 August 2013 - 12:45

Well now that certainly proves that lots of people in London are eating a lot of junk food and fatty foods.

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Posted 05 August 2013 - 12:46

how else would you dispose of wipes?


a bin?


I like the idea of reusing it for power generation =P A good laugh if not practical.


Think this would win one of the "worlds worst jobs" for shoveling this stuff!

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Posted 05 August 2013 - 12:47

Jesus... that is disgusting! :| 

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Posted 05 August 2013 - 12:50

Fat and sanitary wipes? Could that be any more disgusting.


The addition of nappies, condoms and just about anything else that people shouldn't flush - but you always get those people that do  :x

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Posted 05 August 2013 - 12:51

at least they have been using it to generate electricity.

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Posted 05 August 2013 - 12:51

Aw, your mother went swimming and took a wrong turn, eh? >.>





(sorry, this is a gold mine for 'your mum' jokes)



also, EW.

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Posted 05 August 2013 - 12:55

Dare you touch it...

OMG don't put your finger near my face!!!!

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Posted 05 August 2013 - 12:59

That is pretty disgusting. I can't even imagine the smell.

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Posted 05 August 2013 - 13:04

Holy hell... Added another reason to be glad I picked the career choice that I did. Would hate to be one of the guys having to tackle that monstrosity. Feel like I need an antibiotic shot just looking at a picture of it.

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Posted 05 August 2013 - 13:10

Dont know about  anyone else, but I want a nice big greasy cheeseburger right about now......