U.K. engi­neers launch ‘sewer war’ against gi­ant fat blob

The News (New Glasgow) - - FRONT PAGE -

LON­DON — Bri­tish engi­neers say they have launched a “sewer war” against a gi­ant fat blob clog­ging Lon­don’s sew­ers. Thames Wa­ter of­fi­cials said Tues­day it is likely to take three weeks to dis­solve the out­size fat­berg. They cau­tion against ex­pect­ing quick re­sults as the fat­berg is 250 yards long and weighs as much as 11 dou­ble-decker busses. The un­savoury blob con­sists of con­gealed wet wipes, di­a­pers, fat and oil. Thames Wa­ter’s Matt Rim­mer says the fat­berg is “a to­tal mon­ster and tak­ing a lot of man­power and machin­ery to re­move as it’s set hard.” He said the task is “ba­si­cally like try­ing to break up con­crete.” Eight work­ers are us­ing high pow­ered jet hoses to break up the blob be­fore suck­ing it out into tankers for dis­posal at a re­cy­cling site.

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