Fats, oils and grease can cause big issues when they solidify in your pipes, but in the case of the Devon town of Sidmouth, this is just the tip of the fatberg.
The giant structure, measuring a whopping 210ft, is longer than Nelson’s Column, and comprised of fat, grease and even wet wipes. South West Water declared it the biggest fatberg that they’d come across and claimed that they hoped to remove it in eight weeks, though they have also confirmed that it’s unlikely that the fatberg will result in toilets backing up.
Despite the gigantic size of this fatberg, it pales in comparison to the goliath 130-ton fatberg found in London in 2017, which took nine weeks to remove from the Victorian sewer it was found in. A slice of the London fatberg was put on show at the Museum of London, and it was claimed that it actually increased visitor numbers.
South West Water is planning to open a pop-up shop in Sidmouth to tell the locals about the fatberg and advise them how to avoid creating such monster fat structures in the future.
The fatberg was found close to the sea and is part of the epidemic of fats, oils, grease and human waste being disposed of incorrectly.
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Image from https://www.southwestwater.co.uk/
BBC article: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-46787461