A nine week battle against the "monster" Whitechapel fatberg has finally come to an end as Thames Water teams manage to unclog 130 tonnes of waste.
Using sheer brute force and shovels at times, teams worked in cramped and often challenging conditions four metres below the streets of east London to clear the congealed waste, which was made up of oil, wet wipes and other sanitary products.
The clearing process took longer than first expected due to the damage to the one metre high egg-shaped sewer caused by the fatberg.
Thames Water waste network manager, Alex Saunders, said: "Our work is finished, and the beast finally defeated after a mammoth effort from the team.
"It was some of the most gut-wrenching work many would have seen on national television, and one of the reasons why the man-made Whitechapel fatberg captured the world’s imagination."
"The good news is it has helped Thames Water and other water companies around the world get the message across that cooking fat, oils and grease should never go down the plughole.
"As you have seen, when combined with wet wipes, sanitary products, underwear, nappies, and anything else that shouldn’t be flushed, we’re faced with having to clear out these giant, rock-hard fatbergs."
Andy Brierley, director of Lanes Utilities, Thames Water’s wastewater network services maintenance partner, even likened it to a Harry Potter experience.
He said: "Nailing this fatberg was like battling a giant Harry Potter movie creature beneath the streets of London.
"Around each sewer corner we discovered a new fatberg challenge.
"We’re immensely proud of the team effort made to get the job done."
Every month Thames Water spends around £1 million clearing blockages from its 68,000 mile sewer network.
Their "Bin it – don’t block it" message encourages people to avoid putting things like cooking fat, oil, food waste, wet wipes and make-up pads down the toilet or drain.
According to Thames Water, eight times an hour a customer suffers a blockage caused by items being put down the drain or flushed away which shouldn't be.
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