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