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A 330-ton fatberg is clogging a city’s sewer, and it won’t move for weeks




The massive mass of waste extends more than half a mile in length and weighs 330 tons, Seven Trent Water said in a statement.

They estimated that the fatberg might not be cleaned until June.

“While the true magnitude of the blockade will not be known until it is removed, it is likely to be one of the largest blockages Severn Trent has ever dealt with,” the company said.

“It’s a massive project and it’s still unresolved,” added Scott Burgin, operations manager at Severn Trent. “This giant mass is the result of everyone washing and sometimes washing the wrong things down the drain and not realizing the impact it’s having.”

Burgin blamed immovable products, such as towels, diapers and sanitary products, which were washed in England’s second most populous city.

And he gave some alliterative advice to Birmingham residents: “Our advice is to always leave the leftover cooking fat cooled before throwing it in the bin and just wash the three P’s (pee, poop and paper toilet) and the bin Something else. ”

Fatbergs (the word is a combination of grease and iceberg) are formed over time, as items that cannot decompose are washed or washed down the drains instead of being disposed of properly.

A wastewater sensor, which monitors rising water levels, alerted the Birmingham berg company.

Thames Water, which operates the water system in London, says it spends £ 1 million a month ($ 1.4 million) to clean up such blockages.

In 2018, a massive fatberg in the capital it became a museum exhibition.