How did 15 tons of fat clog London’s sewer?
That’s a great question.
London’s Sewer is Clogged with a Fat Ball
The sewers underneath the streets of London have been clogged by a 15 ton ball of congealed fat, which locals have been calling a “fatberg.” Residents first noticed a problem when they could not flush their toilets. The utility investigated the issue to find a massive ball of congealed fat that damaged the London sewer systems. Repairs on the London sewers will take up to six weeks.
The utility company, Thames Water, worked for 10 days straight to remove this 15 ton ball of fat from London’s sewer. For those who live in the U.K., that’s about the size of a double-decker bus. Had the 15 ton fat ball not been removed, the streets of London would have started spewing waste water into the streets, eventually back flowing up into the London homes.
What made up the 15 Ton Fat Ball?
The 15 ton fat ball was mainly made up of food fat, and baby wipes. The utility company has a new saying to prevent fat sewer blockage in the future: “Bin it…don’t block it.”
Who Would Steal a Ton of Fat?
In the 1996 fiction movie, Fight Club, a young professional can’t sleep and lives a dull life as a white collar worker. So he creates an alternate persona – Tyler Durden – that takes over his life with a more exciting lifestyle. His alter ego makes a living by making soap, which he creates from human fat, stolen from the back lot of a liposuction clinic.
He turns the fat into soap and sells it. Meanwhile, he creates a Fight Club in an attempt to make his life more thrilling.
You can see the London fat ball for yourself in the YouTube video below: