“Bus-sized ‘Fatberg’ Weighing 40 Tonnes Cleared From London Sewer!”

Talk About A Headline!

I saw this headline at The Guardian the other day and said “What The Friday!?!?!?!” Yes, even though it was posted Tuesday…

“Bus-sized ‘Fatberg’ Weighing 40 Tonnes Cleared From London Sewer!”

Yes, this is what a “Fatberg” looks like – and as The Guardian reported:

“A 40-tonne fatberg the size of a double-decker bus has been cleared from a London sewer by Thames Water engineers who pulled out some of it by hand.

The mass of fat, grease and other materials that weighed the same as three red buses, was discovered earlier this year clogging up a sewer in Greenwich, the water company said.

It took three weeks for Thames Water workers to clear the “disgusting” blockage which at points took up 80% of the sewer’s capacity. They used a combination of high-powered water jets to blast it loose and removed debris by hand.”

Did you see that:



Here’s how The Guardian describes this mess:

“Fatbergs are formed when fat, oil and grease are poured down sinks and drains and combine with items that should not be flushed down the toilet, such as unflushable wet wipes, nappies and cotton buds.”


“What The Friday???!!!?!”

If you have the stomach for it, The Guardian has a terrific story about this massive fatberg, which you can see by clicking on their story here:


I have shared these stories before, like this fatberg that was discovered in an English seaside resort:

If you want to read about how they managed to conquer this pile of disgust, click on my story here:


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Leave me a comment if you’ve ever encountered a “Fatberg!”

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16 replies

  1. I read this – gross, isn’t it?! I really hope the UK doesn’t become known for these, haha!

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  2. This is so disgusting and make you think about what would happen if it clogged up completly

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  3. I have featured these disgusting fatbergs all sorts of things are disposed of through the sewage systems …I now have a fatberg policeman in situ ( hubby) and he is worse than any policeman he monitors and whips any pans with a smidgen of fat in them before they get to the sink…haha…See what effect I have had on him…haha…As always we can count on you, John to bring the gore..Sounds like you had a fun Haloween…As always a great post 🙂

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  4. It seems that the UK doesn’t have a very good record with our sewers, John. 🙂
    Too much fried food gets eaten here, I suspect.
    Then again, most of the sewers in London are still ‘original’, dating from 1865.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  5. One can’t help but wonder what they did with IT after they cleared it from the sewer… 🙂

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  6. This is pretty disgusting, John. I am sure we have fatberg’s the size of Mount Everett in our drains, and I am sure they will stay there.

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