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"Fatberg: The Movie" coming to a sewer near you

(After it finishes off London)

The award for grossest news story goes to London for “fatberg.” What is “fatberg” you ask? Read on and find out.

A 15-ton blob of fat was removed from a London sewer today. Well the last of it was removed today. Thames Water, a utility company in London, has spent the past three weeks working to remove the fatberg.

The blockage, that was around the size of a bus, was first noticed when residents reported having trouble flushing their toilets.

Oh and the fatberg didn’t just contain food fat. It also contained baby wipes.

This story just goes to show how little we know about the things that keep our cities running. The supervisor from Thames Water, Gordon Hailwood, said that they’ve actually removed greater volumes of fat from London sewers. The only thing special about this fatberg is that it’s one giant fatberg.

This thing was so big that it damaged the sewers. Repairs are scheduled to begin on Monday and should take up to six weeks.

“Homes and businesses need to change their ways, when it comes to fat and wipes, please remember: ‘Bin it – don’t block it,'” Hailwood said.

Good advise for everyone. Because if this is happening in London, you can bet it’s happening in places like New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and probably every decent sized town across the United Sates. So don’t contribute to your local fatberg by throwing out things that are non-water soluble, like fat and baby wipes.

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