Giant fatberg clogs British sewer

A congealed mass of grease and wet wipes, the length of two tennis courts, points at unhealthy British diets and sanitary habits.

A congealed mass of fat, oil and grease held together with wet wipes has been retrieved from a sewer in the coastal town of Sidmouth in the United Kingdom.

The structure, known as a fatberg, is formed when items such as fat, wet wipes, sanitary towels, nappies and condoms, are flushed down sinks and toilets.

The fatberg, which is longer than two tennis courts, will take eight weeks to remove, an official from South West Water, the local water authority, told Associated Press.

Andrew Roantree of South West Water urged the British public not to pour grease down the drain or flush baby wipes down the toilet. He said: “Don’t feed the fatberg.”

This is not the first fatberg discovered in the UK. A larger one measuring 250 metres was found in the sewerage system in Whitechapel, East London, in 2017. That structure took nine weeks to remove.

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