Brit mu­seum wants sewer ‘fat­berg’

Boston Herald - - NEWS -

LON­DON — Lon­don’s mon­ster fat­berg may be des­tined for a mu­seum.

The Mu­seum of Lon­don says it is try­ing to ac­quire a chunk of the 143-ton mass of oil, fat, di­a­pers and baby wipes that is cur­rently clog­ging one of the city’s Vic­to­rian sew­ers.

Util­ity com­pany Thames Wa­ter is try­ing to dis­lodge the smelly blob, which is 820 feet long, by break­ing it up with high-pow­ered 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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LON­DON LUMP: Bri­tish en­gi­neers have launched a ‘sewer war’ against a gi­ant fat blob clog­ging Lon­don’s sew­ers. The Mu­seum of Lon­don said it wants a slice of the fat­berg for its col­lec­tion to ‘in­spire’ vis­i­tors.

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