Fatbergs are clogging sewers, causing headaches for cities and making the news once again. With the recent find of a 300-ton fatberg in an English city, we are reminded that fatbergs are always growing right under our feet. Fatbergs (the combination of fat and iceberg) form over time as people continually rinse cooking fats, oils and grease down the sink and flush items that do not break down.
While cities are constantly dealing with smaller fatbergs that cause clogged sewer lines which lead to sewer overflows into the environment, it’s the massive ones that make headlines. This recent giant fatberg is estimated to be half a mile long, three feet in height and weigh the equivalent of 250 family cars. It could also take until June to clear it from the sewer. “This giant mass is the result of everyone washing and flushing the wrong things down the drains and not realizing the impact that it is having.” (BBC)
Thames Water, which operates the water system in London, says it spends £1 million a month, ($1.4 million), to clear blockages of this kind. (CNN)
Fatbergs in Sewer Lines
Fatbergs occur in sewer lines when non-biodegradable material (i.e. flushable wipes) mixes with cooking fats, oils and grease to form large clumps that are as hard as concrete and quickly grow to block sewer lines. Once a sewer line is blocked, the wastewater and flushed material flows back into homes, neighborhoods and the environment through sewer overflows. Fatbergs are clogging sewers at an alarming rate but by properly disposing of cooking byproducts (fats, oils and grease) while being mindful of what we flush, we can all make a difference when it comes to these sewer monsters.
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Learn more about fatbergs with these additional articles:
- Six (Almost) Unbelievable Facts About Fatbergs
- Fatbergs Making News Due to COVID-19
- Bacon Grease — The Ultimate Drain Clogging Culprit
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