LONDON– It may have looked like an iceberg, but there was nothing cool about it.
Utility company Thames Water said it removed what it’s calling the biggest “fatberg” ever recorded in Britain — a 15-ton blob of congealed fat and baby wipes the size of a bus lodged in a sewer drain.
Thames Water said the mound of “wrongly flushed festering food fat mixed with wet wipes” was found under a road in the London suburb of Kingston.
Last week, an unlucky team of staff had to descend into the fetid tunnel and “blast” the lard and wipes out of the tunnel with high-powered water jets, Thames Water told CBSNews.com. Some larger chunks were removed for processing at sewage treatment plants.
Thames Water was continuing work to repair the sewage tunnel infrastructure, which was damaged by the massive clog.
“While we’ve removed greater volumes of fat from under central London in the past, we’ve never seen a single, congealed lump of lard this big clogging our sewers before,” Gordon Hailwood, waste contracts supervisor for the company, said in a statement.