6 Aug

county-clean-fatberg-image1 (Photo credit: walt74)

This is probably the grossest thing I’ve ever read, so naturally I want to share it with you.

From Sky News:

 [A] 15-tonne mass of festering food fat mixed with wet wipes and sanitary products threatened to send raw sewage spurting onto the leafy streets of Kingston upon Thames.

“The sewer was almost completely clogged with over 15 tonnes of fat. If we hadn’t discovered it in time, raw sewage could have started spurting out of manholes across the whole of Kingston.

“It was so big it damaged the sewer and repairs will take up to six weeks.”

The foul blockage was discovered when residents of nearby flats complained they could not flush their toilets.

Mr Hailwood added: “Given we’ve got the biggest sewers and this is the biggest fatberg we’ve encountered, we reckon it has to be the biggest such berg in British history.”


All I can say is, I’m glad my London trip wasn’t last week; ’cause you know the Hub would have blamed it on me.

The fatberg was the size of a double-decker bus.  

Seriously, London: it’s time to diet.


40 Responses to “Ewwww!”

  1. slpmartin August 6, 2013 at 14:08 #



  2. Elaine - I used to be indecisive August 6, 2013 at 14:12 #

    Eeewwww, eeewwww, eeewwww. I have added a new word to my vocabulary today – fatberg. Yuck.


  3. misswhiplash August 6, 2013 at 14:22 #

    Yuck..that is awful…especially in leafy Kingston….bad enough anywhere….it is quite an eye–opener whag people will put down drains and toilets. I read that it takes 50 years for a nappy to disintegrate!


  4. bevchen August 6, 2013 at 14:32 #

    I read about that on BBC News, and ye… my first thought was “eeeew” as well!!


  5. Al August 6, 2013 at 14:39 #

    When it is disposed of, will this qualify London as England’s “biggest loser”?


  6. Rorybore August 6, 2013 at 14:41 #

    ohhh gross. but still can’t wait to use the word “fatberg”. instant classic.


  7. colonialist August 6, 2013 at 15:09 #

    Sorry, but there is a fat chance that I can ‘Like’ this! Eeeeeughhh! 🙂


  8. viveka August 6, 2013 at 15:26 #

    That is … terrible – it’s people putting their frying oil down the sink – with 14 million living in London – I’m surprised it wasn’t bigger. Totally agree …. Britain change your eating habits.


  9. Karen Snyder August 6, 2013 at 15:55 #

    ‘Fess up; you and Kate coordinated your blog posts today, didn’t you? 😀

    If reluctant to change your eating habits, London, at least change your disposal mode; cooking grease and wet wipes down the drain? Seriously?


  10. Grannymar August 6, 2013 at 17:45 #

    Man made disasters simply because we live in a rather selfish world. We need to think what we flush down our drains, it all has to end up some where. Modern ‘wipes’ and children’s disposable nappies are a very expensive problem. I wonder how much situations like this add to the problems with flooding during our recent excessive rainfall?


  11. laurieanichols August 6, 2013 at 17:50 #

    It sounds like a scenario from a movie like The Fast and the Furious when they were in South America and they needed a distraction to sneak into the police station. I’m glad you weren’t there either:)


  12. jatwood4 August 6, 2013 at 17:55 #

    If it wasn’t so gross, it would be funny — I’m LMAO!


  13. Viciously Sweet August 6, 2013 at 19:26 #

    That is super gross. I felt that way here when the only other girl who works here kept flushing her hygiene products down our 100 year old pipes. Then the plumber announced to everyone in the company that the clog was due to ladies. I was so mad that I got incorporated in that!


  14. Three Well Beings August 6, 2013 at 19:32 #

    Well, you did sound the warning! Eegads! But a new word–fatberg? That’s a good visual. Maybe not a GOOD visual, but an accurate one! I’ll second your Ewwww!


  15. Tom Merriman August 6, 2013 at 21:01 #

    erm… GROSS!


  16. Terry August 6, 2013 at 21:17 #

    oh my gosh, that is sick and nasty, but thanks for sharing it!!! LOL


  17. bumblepuppies August 6, 2013 at 22:14 #

    Does this mean Paula Deen is rebooting her career in London?


  18. sharechair August 6, 2013 at 22:42 #

    A fatberg? Oh my. I really wonder about all the waste we make. My “kids” are in their 30’s, but yet I understand that their diapers are still sitting in some landfill, many years to go before disintegration.


  19. vastlycurious.com August 6, 2013 at 23:20 #

    A fatberg 🙂


  20. List of X August 7, 2013 at 05:32 #

    If that happened in the US, we would have done a sewer bypass surgery by cutting out a few miles of sewer pipe somewhere in Manchester and putting them around the blocked area. That’s why our medicine is so expensive.


  21. lanceleuven August 7, 2013 at 13:04 #

    You have no idea how much effort it took for me to flush that thing in the first place…


  22. SchmidleysScribbling August 7, 2013 at 14:52 #

    This is disgusting. I never put fat down the drain because it will mess up your own pipes and we have enough problems with calcium buildup.

    Mostly we don’t eat anything with fat. I don’t even fry bacon. As for the wet wipes, they are supposed to disintegrate in the sewer system.
    The moral of this post is marry a plumber, he will always have work.

    I understand your need to inform the public, however, you will henceforth be known as the blogger who wrote about the fatball or maybe even Fatball Tilly. Dianne


  23. bluebee August 7, 2013 at 22:16 #

    Fatberg?! Now there’s a loaded word! Ewwww, indeed. On that note…


    (Interesting that the first word that comes up on the iPad autocorrect for fatberg is fathers – time to remove all that reading material from the favourite reading place of men across Britain)

    I can’t believe that within 24 hours you’ve got me talking about both the M word and bowel movements in public 😯



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