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Lardy ‘fatberg’ nearly floods Kingston with raw sewage

Posted at 1:30 pm, August 7, 2013 in News, Technology
Fatberg, credit: CountyClean Environmental Services

Kingston has narrowly managed to avoid being swamped by a ‘fatberg’ tsunami, as the biggest ‘fatberg’ ever found in a residential sewer was removed from the area by engineers this week. And a ‘fatberg’ is, exactly? Probably what’s left over from your Sunday morning fry-up: a mass of lard, grease and other gloop that gets washed – and then stuck – down drains all over London. This particular slime-blob weighed 15 tons, was the size of a double-decker bus, and comprised of congealed fat and baby wipes. Yuck. Gordon Hailwood, a sewer contract manager for Thames Water, said if the fatberg hadn’t been removed, raw sewage could have started spurting out of manholes across Kingston. Phew! Fatberg danger averted in the nick of time! Rebecca Taylor

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