A number of West Londoners recently discovered their properties were flooding. They soon learned the cause was a so-called ‘fatberg’.

Managing trash in a mega-city like London can be extremely daunting.

A number of West Londoners recently discovered their properties were flooding. They soon learned the cause was a so-called ‘fatberg’.

The nickname pertains to a giant pile of nastiness. In this case, the filthy heap was reportedly the size of a Boeing 747 plane and it was located in sewers under local residents’ homes.

Wet wipes, wooden planks and waste fat were just a few of the things the pile contained. It took employees from Thames Water four days to clean up the mess.

The company’s sewer operations manager Dave Dennis remarked “The sewers..are not an abyss for household rubbish. Fat goes down the drain easily enough, but when it hits the cold sewers, it hardens into disgusting fatbergs that block pipes.”

Last year, there was a similar problem. A ‘bus sized fatberg’ comprised of food fat and wet wipes formed in London drains. In that occurrence, staffers from Thames Water spent three weeks cleaning it up.

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