UK Town Finds Fatberg, Tells Locals 'Put Pipes on a Diet'

Sidmouth sewer authority says 'don't feed the fatberg'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 8, 2019 9:14 AM CST
English Sewer Authorities: 'Don't Feed the Fatberg'
In this photo released Tuesday Jan. 8, 2019, part of a "fatberg", a 210-foot-long mass of hardened fat, oil, and baby wipes, in the town of Sidmouth, England.   (South West Water via AP)

Officials say a giant "fatberg"—a mass of hardened fat, oil, and baby wipes measuring 210 feet long—has been found blocking a sewer in a southwestern English town. Andrew Roantree, of South West Water, says it will "take our sewer team around eight weeks to dissect this monster in exceptionally challenging work conditions," reports the AP. He urged the public not to pour grease down the drain or flush baby wipes down the toilet, adding: "Put your pipes on a diet and don’t feed the fatberg."

The revolting fat mass was discovered in drains in the coastal town of Sidmouth, though Roantree tells the Guardian that it was "identified in good time with no risk to bathing waters." In 2017, an 820-foot-long fatberg was found in sewers beneath Whitechapel in east London. A chunk of that later went on display at the Museum of London, nestled inside transparent boxes, and was also livestreamed on YouTube.

(Read more fatberg stories.)

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