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SIDMOUTH, England - A huge fatberg, a sewage obstruction made of grease and personal hygiene products, is blocking a sewer line in a seaside town on England’s south coast.
South West Water, the local utility for the town of Sidmouth in Devon reported that the giant clog, the largest ever found under the town, measures 210 feet and will take up to eight weeks to remove.
“Fortunately, the fatberg has had no impact on Sidmouth’s excellent bathing water quality and has been discovered in good time,” South West officials said on their web site.
Workers will begin removing the monster clog early next month.
It's big. It's ugly. And it's inside a sewer on the south coast of England. Yes, it's another fatberg. https://t.co/mKU8hv6xGJ— CBC Radio (@cbcradio) January 9, 2019
Have you heard abut the 'fatberg' clogging the sewer in England? pic.twitter.com/uOYFFwT1Qd— Thor Diakow (@thordiakow) January 9, 2019
“It’s the first time we have excavated a fatberg of this size and the confined space might mean it takes us a little longer or shorter,” officials said.
Workers will use high-pressure jets and special equipment to remove the fatberg, but utility officials said it will take weeks of manual labor with shovels and pickaxes to unclog the line.
Officials are reminding residents not to pour fats, oil or grease, products that create the giant clogs, down the drain.
A "fatberg" measuring 210 feet and consisting of a combination of oil, fat, and wet wipes was found blocking a sewer in a seaside town in England. https://t.co/VBSz87zkDr— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) January 8, 2019
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