Baltimore Stops Scraping Its Fatberg, Just Blasts It

City using high-pressure nozzle to get rid of the thing
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 17, 2017 6:33 PM CDT
Baltimore Will Spend $60K to Lose Its 'Fatberg'
In this undated handout photo from Sept. 12, 2017, part of a fatberg inside a sewer in Whitechapel, London, is seen.   (Thames Water via AP)

"If we have to, we'll use our cutter, but the nozzle is working so far." That's the assessment on how the battle goes against Baltimore's somewhat infamous fatberg, discovered in September and now on the road to elimination. The Baltimore Sun reports that after first scraping away at the mass of congealed fats, oils, grease, and things like wet wipes—with the removed bits taken to a landfill—the Public Works Department transitioned to a high-pressure nozzle and vacuum system. That effort got underway Monday; it's expected to take about a week and an estimated $60,000 to eradicate the glob. (More fatberg stories.)

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