Titanic 'fatberg' of congealed waste clogs Baltimore sewer
A Fatberg covers an 1852-built sewer at Westminster in in London, Monday, Sept. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
The Associated Press
Published Tuesday, September 26, 2017 10:48AM EDT
Last Updated Tuesday, September 26, 2017 11:41AM EDT
BALTIMORE -- A gigantic glob of congealed fat, wet wipes and other waste -- deemed a "fatberg" because of its iceberg-like size -- has been blamed for a sewer overflow in Baltimore.
The overflow discharged about 1.2 million gallons of sewage into the Jones Fall stream last week.
The Baltimore Sun reported Monday that the fatberg was discovered in a sewer main near Baltimore Penn Station.
Public works officials said the walls of a century-old 24-inch wide pipe were caked with oils, grease and congealed fats. Up to 85 per cent of the pipe was clogged, blocking the flow of sewage.
The fatberg has been mostly scraped off and sent to a landfill.
A fatberg estimated to weigh more than 140 tons was recently discovered in London's sewer system. Officials say it could take weeks to be destroyed.