LONDON (August 6, 2013)—The British utility company Thames Water says it has discovered what it calls the biggest "fatberg" ever recorded in Britain, a 15-ton blob of congealed fat and baby wipes the size of a bus lodged in a sewer drain.
Thames Water said the mound of "wrongly flushed festering food fat mixed with wet wipes" was found under a road in the London suburb of Kingston.
Thames Water deals with such blobs all the time, but says it's sharing news of the massive lard lump in hopes that customers will think twice about what they dump down the drain.
The company says untreated fatbergs cause flooding and backups.
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