London’s monster fatberg has finally been defeated after more than two months of “gut-wrenching work”.
London's monster fatberg FINALLY defeated after two months of 'gut-wrenching' work
The massive 250-metre long lump of wet wipes, nappies, fat and oil blocking an underground sewer in Whitechapel was thought to be one of the biggest fatbergs ever discovered in the capital - writes standard.co.uk.
Thames Water today announced that engineers had finally finished removing the berg, which weighed the same as 11 double-decker buses and measuredlonger than two Wembley football pitches.
The 130-tonne fatberg was so large it had damaged the one-metre high Victorian sewer, engineers said.
Workers were forced to remove the last stretch manually, scooping the disgusting mass away with shovels and “brute force”.
“Our work is finished, and the beast finally defeated after a mammoth effort from the team,” Alex Saunders, the waste network manager said.
“It was some of the most gut-wrenching work many would have seen on national television, and one of the reasons why the man-made Whitechapel fatberg captured the world’s imagination.”
The fatberg itself is not going to go to waste and will be converted into 10,000 litres of biodiesel. It will harvest enough fuel to power a Routemaster bus for an entire year.
But Mr Saunders said the pain-staking work to remove the fatberg comes with a warning message.
“The good news is it has helped Thames Water and other water companies around the world get the message across that cooking fat, oils and grease should never go down the plughole,” he said.
“As you have seen, when combined with wet wipes, sanitary products, underwear, nappies, and anything else that shouldn’t be flushed, we’re faced with having to clear out these giant, rock-hard fatbergs.”
Thames Water said it spends around £1m a month clearing blockages from its 68,000 mile sewer network. Eight times every hour a customer suffers a blockage caused by items being flushed away or put down the drain which shouldn’t be.
The company’s “Bin it – don’t block it” campaign urges Londoners to only put human waste and toilet paper down the toilet.
Last month, the Standard reported the Museum of London had launched abid to exhibit part of the mammoth fatberg.
The museum’s director Sharon Ament said part of the berg could become “one of the most extraordinary objects” in any museum in the capital.
After discovering the sewer surprise, Matt Rimmer from Thames Water said it is “up there with the biggest we’ve ever seen”, adding: “It’s a total monster and taking a lot of manpower and machinery to remove as it’s set hard.”
“It’s basically like trying to break up concrete.”
Just a few weeks after the Whitechapel fatberg was discovered, a 50-metre long lump weighing 26 tonnes was found beneath Chinatown.
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