West Lon­don top of the blocks for sewer fat­bergs

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THAMES Wa­ter has re­vealed they cleared more than 100 block­ages ev­ery day from Lon­don’s sew­ers over the last 12 months as a west Lon­don bor­ough is named the worst for blocked drains in the whole cap­i­tal.

The 41,167 block­ages were caused by Lon­don­ers putting “un­flush­able” items like cook­ing oil or wet wipes down the drain and marked an al­most 4% in­crease com­pared to the pre­vi­ous year.

The com­pany’s sewer flush­ers even took part in a spe­cial “3D fat­berg ex­pe­ri­ence” re­cently at the South Bank to im­plore passers-by to help re­duce block­ages.

Fat­bergs, which can flood homes, are de­fined as “large masses of solid waste in a sew­er­age sys­tem, con­sist­ing es­pe­cially of con­gealed fat and per­sonal hy­giene prod­ucts that have been flushed down toi­lets”.

We can now re­veal Lon­don’s top “fat­berg hotspots”, four of which are in west Lon­don, which ex­pe­ri­enced the great­est num­ber of block­ages in the last 12 months.

10. Bark­ing and Da­gen­ham

This outer east Lon­don bor­ough was just shy of 2,000 block­ages in the past twelve months.

With 1,925 in one year, the area ex­pe­ri­enced a nearly 7% in­crease since the pre­vi­ous pe­riod. Thames Wa­ter re­vealed that it cur­rently spends £18 mil­lion on clear­ing block­ages to keep the Lon­don sew­ers run­ning.

9. Ne­wham

This Es­sex bor­ough, named be­cause it merged West Ham and East Ham, had 1,978 block­ages.

This marked an even big­ger jump from the last year than Bark­ing and Da­gen­ham, with a 12% in­crease in the num­ber of block­ages.

Thames Wa­ter says it is com­mit­ted to re­duc­ing block­ages by 10,000 across the re­gion be­fore 2025 as part of its £11.7 bil­lion busi­ness plan.

8. Eal­ing

The first west Lon­don bor­ough on the list, and the first to edge over the 2,000 mark with 2,012 block­ages, is leafy Eal­ing.

Thames Wa­ter’s Henry Bad­man said that many peo­ple “still do not re­alise the scale of the prob­lem in Lon­don”.

He added: “These block­ages can lead to flood­ing in peo­ple’s homes which is in­cred­i­bly un­pleas­ant to deal with and can be very costly, while also hav­ing a dev­as­tat­ing im­pact on the en­vi­ron­ment.”

7. Red­bridge

Just north of num­ber 10 on the list, Bark­ing and Da­gen­ham, Red­bridge also has a huge fat­berg prob­lem, with 2,018 block­ages in one year.

As part of their de­ter­mined ef­fort to get cus­tomers to stop flush­ing in­ap­pro­pri­ate items down the drain, Thames Wa­ter un­veiled a spe­cial mu­ral at the South­bank.

They also al­lowed some brave passers-by to smell what the sewer flush­ers clear­ing the drains have to bat­tle ev­ery day as part of a “3D ex­pe­ri­ence”.

6. Brent

Next on the list is the Lon­don Bor­ough of Brent, which jumps to a whop­ping 2,189 block­ages in only 12 months.

Thames Wa­ter hopes re­veal­ing these statis­tics will drive aware­ness of proper sewer us­age.

They say only the “3 Ps” should ever be put down the drain – pee, poo and pa­per.

5. En­field

Outer north Lon­don bor­ough En­field had a shock­ing 2,317 block­ages, which av­er­ages out to more than six a day across an area with a pop­u­la­tion of only around 300,000.

While many peo­ple now know that wet wipes can­not be flushed, they might not be aware that it is also in­ap­pro­pri­ate to put ex­cess cook­ing oil in Lon­don’s sewer sys­tem.

Thames Wa­ter’s Henry Bad­man ad­vised mem­bers of the pub­lic to store cook­ing oils in a con­tainer such a jar to cool and then putting it in the bin, rather than pour­ing it A MAN was rushed to hos­pi­tal af­ter a stab­bing in Yiewsley high street on Sun­day evening.

At least five emer­gency ve­hi­cles turned up and a po­lice cor­don used on High Street, Yiewsley, af­ter a man was stabbed in the leg.

Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice con­firmed it was called to the scene by paramedics at 5.51pm on Sun­day fol­low­ing re­ports a man had been at­tacked.

A spokesman for the force said: “Of­fi­cers at­tended and found a man, aged in his 40s, down the drain and risk­ing a block­age.

4. Haver­ing

Yet an­other east Lon­don bor­ough is num­ber four on the list with 2,331 block­ages.

Sur­pris­ingly, this is a slight de­crease from both the pre­vi­ous year, when there were 2,386 block­ages, and the year be­fore.

3. Hilling­don

West Lon­don’s Hilling­don takes home a shame­ful top three spot with 2,379 block­ages.

This is a whop­ping 15% in­crease from the pre­vi­ous year and means the bor­ough is well on its way to an av­er­age of seven block­ages ev­ery day.

Mr Bad­man added that: “It may seem eas­ier to pour oil down the sink or flush wet wipes away think­ing the prob­lem has gone, but some­one has to deal with it – and it could be you if the block­age oc­curs on your prop­erty.”

2. Bex­ley

Bex­ley, a south east Lon­don bor­ough suf­fer­ing from a stab in­jury to his leg. He was taken to hos­pi­tal where his in­juries were not deemed to be life-threat­en­ing.

“There have been no ar­rests at this stage. A crime scene was in place but has since been closed.”

Lon­don Am­bu­lance Ser­vice sent an in­ci­dent re­sponse of­fi­cer, two sin­gle re­spon­ders in cars and an am­bu­lance crew to the scene.

“We treated a man at the scene and took him as a pri­or­ity to a ma­jor trauma cen­tre,” a spokesper­son added. that bor­ders Brom­ley, is the cap­i­tal’s sec­ond largest “fat­berg” hotspot, with 2,430 block­ages recorded.

Ear­lier this year, a Chan­nel 4 doc­u­men­tary re­vealed the se­crets of one of Lon­don’s fat­bergs, which was an un­be­liev­able 750 me­tres long, mean­ing it would take around 10 min­utes to walk its full length.

Science en­thu­si­ast Rick Ed­wards, who pre­sented the pro­gramme, de­scribed it as look­ing “like a mur­der scene”.

1. Houn­slow

The top hotspot in Lon­don for block­ages and fat­bergs goes to one of west Lon­don’s very own bor­oughs, the home of Phil Collins, Mo Farah and Sir Alec Reed.

With an un­be­liev­able 2,497 block­ages, it means there is a block­age for ev­ery one hun­dred peo­ple liv­ing in Houn­slow.

But if you would like to take a look at a fat­berg for your­self, there is no need to jump on the Pic­cadilly line.

A 130 tonne mon­ster is now on dis­play at the Mu­seum of Lon­don for your ed­i­fi­ca­tion.

The scene in Yiewsley high street af­ter re­ports of a stab­bing

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