Water service employees in England are working to remove a massive fatberg from a local sewer.
Thames Water said the 820-foot lump of fat, wet wipes and similar items in Whitechapel weighs 130 tons and is blocking London sewers systems.
“This fatberg is up there with the biggest we’ve ever seen. It’s a total monster and taking a lot of manpower and machinery to remove as it’s set hard,” Matt Rimmer, Thames Water’s head of waste networks, said. “It’s basically like trying to break up concrete. It’s frustrating as these situations are totally avoidable and caused by fat, oil and grease being washed down sinks and wipes flushed down the loo.”
Crews have been working seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to remove about 20 to 30 tons of the monstrous fatberg per shift.