BRITS’ LOVE OF FISH AND CHIPS CON­TRIB­UTED TO ‘FAT­BERG’

The Province - - WORLD NEWS -

You’ve heard of the fat­berg.

It’s the large mass of non-biodegrad­able mat­ter that has been clog­ging up the sewer sys­tems in Eng­land since 2010. This time around, the calm coastal town of Sid­mouth is the lat­est vic­tim of the con­gealed mass of gross­ness, caus­ing real stress to the mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s sewer in­fra­struc­ture.

But what’s to blame for this fat­berg that’s longer than six dou­ble-decker buses? Ac­cord­ing to a spokesman for South West Wa­ters: Fish and chips.

Adrew Roantree, South West Wa­ters’ waste­water direc­tor, said it’s the largest dis­cov­ered fat­berg in the town’s his­tory, which is be­lieved to have formed from cook­ing grease that goes down the drain.

A South West Wa­ters spokesman told the New York Times that num­bers of tourists visit Sid­mouth an­nu­ally and en­joy a healthy amount of the deep-fried fish and chips, which put a strain on the sewer sys­tem thanks to the in­flux of grease.

The cur­rent block­age in Sid­mouth could take a few months to break down. Of­fi­cials will be us­ing spe­cial­ized sewer jet­ting equip­ment and some old fash­ioned el­bow grease -- pun in­tended -- via pick­axes to chip away at the dis­gust­ing mound.

Roantree’s ad­vice to res­i­dents and vis­i­tors alike: “Put your pipes on a diet, and don’t feed the fat­berg.”

This photo re­leased last week shows part of a “fat­berg”, a mass of hard­ened fat, oil and baby wipes, mea­sur­ing some 64 me­ters long, in the town of Sid­mouth, Eng­land. Some are blam­ing good old English fish and chips for the prob­lem.

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