London has spent the last several years dealing with a very unique problem: fatbergs. London’s sewer system is a relic of the Victorian era, and the narrow pipes can’t handle the amount of fat and grease modern Londoners flush down their drains. That fat solidifies and builds up into giant deposits, the largest of which can weigh over a hundred tons.
The public’s fascination with fatbergs really began last year, when crews discovered a world-record 150-ton fatberg in the sewers. That fatberg was removed in chunks, but one of those chunks was given a second life as a museum piece. The fatberg is now on display at the Museum of London, and you can watch it yourself with a livestream.
At the time, the 150-ton fatberg was blocking over 600 feet of pipe, and engineers had to use high-pressure water to slice the ‘berg into pieces to cart away. “It’s basically like trying to break up concrete,” said Thames Water’s head of waste networks Matt Rimmer, in a statement during the event.
Since then, one of the pieces has been put on display, where visitors can watch the disgusting blob of fat go through changes in real time. According to a report in The Guardian, museum curators have said that the ‘berg has sweated, changed colors, hatched flies, and grown mold on its surface.
The museum—along with the water companies in London—hopes that this display will encourage residents to be more careful about what they put down the drain. In addition to fat and grease, the worst offenders are ‘flushable’ wet wipes, which tend to bind with that grease to make the mess even clumpier.
Basically, if you’re in doubt, don’t flush it, or you could help to create a fatberg of your own.
Source: The Guardian