Mu­seum bids to ac­quire huge ‘fat­berg’ clog­ging Lon­don sewer

The News (New Glasgow) - - FRONT PAGE -

Lon­don’s mon­ster fat­berg may be destined for a mu­seum. The Mu­seum of Lon­don says it is try­ing to ac­quire a chunk of the 130 met­ric ton mass of oil, fat, di­a­pers and baby wipes clog­ging one of the city’s Vic­to­rian sew­ers. Util­ity com­pany Thames Wa­ter is try­ing to dis­lodge the smelly blob, which is 250 me­tres long, by break­ing it up with high­pow­ered hoses. They say the process could take weeks. Mu­seum di­rec­tor Sharon Ament said Wed­nes­day that adding the fat­berg to its col­lec­tion “would raise ques­tions about how we live to­day and also in­spire our vis­i­tors to con­sider so­lu­tions to the prob­lems of grow­ing me­trop­o­lises.” The mu­seum hopes to ob­tain a cross-sec­tion of the fat­berg. It hasn’t de­cided how it would be dis­played.

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