Massive "fatberg" unearthed in London sewer

Gross: A bus-size mass of congealed fat and baby wipes has been dislodged from a sewer drain

By Katie McDonough

Published August 6, 2013 1:30PM (EDT)


A London utility company announced on Tuesday that it successfully dislodged a 15-ton mass from a sewer drain, a massive blob of congealed lard and baby wipes that engineers dubbed a "fatberg."

OK, everyone together now: Ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww. No. No. Nooooooo.

Gordon Hailwood, a waste contracts supervisor for Thames Water, told the Daily Mail that while he is no stranger to the occasional "fatberg," the sheer size of this one was a first: "We've never seen a single, congealed lump of lard this big clogging our sewers before."

The mass, approximately the size of a school bus, is believed to be the largest ever unearthed from a London sewer.





Katie McDonough

Katie McDonough is Salon's politics writer, focusing on gender, sexuality and reproductive justice. Follow her on Twitter @kmcdonovgh or email her at

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