On Friday, January 9th, the Museum of London opened a display showcasing the massive fatberg found within London’s sewer system in 2017. To date, this has been the largest fatberg found in a city’s sewer system. On display is a sample of the original fatberg found “weighing 130 tonnes, the equivalent of 11 double decker buses and stretching more than 250 meters, six meters longer than Tower Bridge. The solid calcified mass of fats, oils, feces, wet wipes and sanitary products tells us something about how we live” (The Guardian).
London Fatberg Now On Display
Visitors will be able to see a shoe box sized portion of the fatberg. A larger specimen was not possible—during the removal process the entire fatberg had to be broken up with high-powered jet hoses, carried through the sewer and lifted through a small manhole. It took nine weeks, working around the clock, to clear the entire fatberg from the sewer system.
The Museum of London is hopeful that this display brings awareness to the community about how their actions impact the environment.
Thames Water’s head of waste networks Matt Rimmer had this to say about the fatberg, “It’s frustrating as these situations are totally avoidable and caused by fat, oil and grease being washed down sinks and wipes flushed down the loo.”
The fatberg display sample has been carefully dried and encased, so that it does not pose a threat to interested visitors. When the original fatberg was found, it was giving off hydrogen sulphide and carbon monoxide, both toxic and flammable gases. Visitors will also have the chance to learn about the technology that is being used to convert fatbergs into biodiesel.
If you happen to find yourself in London, the “Fatberg! Are you brave enough to face the fatberg?” display is open until July 1, 2018.
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