Fatberg the size of a small bungalow removed from London sewer

Picture: Thames Water

A fatberg  with the weight of a small bungalow has been removed from a London sewer.

It took two weeks to shift the “huge disgusting” mass from a conduit in Canary Wharf.

High pressure water jets and hand tools were used to flush and chip away at the berg.

The work was done by engineers from Thames Water and MTS Cleaning Services.

Matt Rimmer, head of waste networks at Thames Water’s, said:

“This was a huge, disgusting fatberg that took a great deal of brute force and teamwork to clear.

“Our brilliant engineers were able to clear the huge blockage before it caused serious problems, negotiating tricky and cramped working conditions along the way.

“We’d ask everyone to help fight the fatberg by only flushing the 3Ps – pee, poo and paper – as well as disposing of fat and oils in the bin, not the sink.”

Chris Henderson, of MTS Cleansing Services, said:

“Our experienced confined space entry team, faced with a range of potential hazards, achieved great results in difficult conditions.

“MTS worked tirelessly from the planning stage to completion alongside Thames Water and we’re delighted with the result.”

Fatbergs are made when oil, grease and fat poured down drains combine with non-biodegradable items such as wet wipes, nappies and cotton buds.

Thames Water spends £18 million a year clearing waterways to ensure drains run freely.


About the Author

Philip Braund spent 16 years at the Daily Mirror as a reporter and news editor before moving to ITV. He was the series producer of the ground-breaking investigation programme The Cook Report, Managing Editor at ITV’s Millbank Studios, and Head of News at ITV Central. He has won national and regional Royal Television Society awards for documentaries.