Biggest fatberg in UK history discovered in London`s sewers


Source: Cleveland Biotech Ltd.

You may remember our blog on the waste that's waiting to cost you thousands, or you could have received our 'what lies beneath your feet' email. You may have thought we were exaggerating when it came to the importance of being FOG smart. Well now the true horror in our sewers has came to light as a 15 tonne fatberg is discovered beneath Kingston, London.

It was just another day in the sewers for Thames Water's engineers, scouring for blockages and trying their hardest to keep the overworked Victorian system in working order. So you can imagine their horror when they went to investigate a residential complaint, discovering a fatberg the size of a London bus!

Fifteen tonnes of improperly disposed of fat, oil and grease, mixed with baby wipes, food debris and other various flushed refuse festered and bulged to the point where untreated sewage was about to be blasted up through manhole covers, spilling into the streets. It could now take up to six weeks to break down the gigantic fatberg.

Gordon Hailwood, Waste Contracts Supervisor for Thames Water told the Daily Mail: 'We've never seen a single, congealed lump of lard this big clogging our sewers before.

'Given we've got the biggest sewers and this is the biggest fatberg we've encountered, we reckon it has to be the biggest such 'berg' in British history.'

Mr Hailwood continued to stress the importance of using toilets and sinks for their primary functions only, and to  'Bin it, not block it'.

This echoes CBio's quest to have a FOG smart food service industry. To be 'FOG smart' is to have adequate measures in place to avoid fat, food debris, oil and grease (FOG) hitting drains and then sewers, causing blockages.

A FOG smart solution could be as simple as a food solids strainer  or a biological dosing unit , or as complex as a GRU unit.

Becasue of the sheer size of this fatberg, CBio is dedicating this week's @CBiouk  tweets to being #FOGsmart. Be on the lookout for #ReasonsToBeFOGsmart and #HowToBeFOGsmart tips! Perhaps you have your own suggestions? Join in and let's beat the 'bergs!

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