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Huge ‘Fatberg’ Blocking Up London Sewer Is Removed Bit by Bit – NBCNews.com

Image: London's "fatberg"

The “fatberg” is made up of congealed fat, baby wipes and other materials people flush down the toilet or put down the drain. Thames Water

Though they will ultimately benefit from the operation, locals weren’t exactly thrilled with the work — which is being carried out near a small street market selling head coverings, long robes and gold jewelry.

“It is smelly and it keeps customers away,” said Mohammed Ali, who runs one of the stalls. “This week is at least less smelly than last.”

The stench doesn’t worry the Museum of London, which wants a piece of the “fatberg.”

“We are interested in the challenges facing the modern city, what happens when a city changes rapidly,” said Alex Warner, the museum’s curator. “This is exactly the type of thing that we use to get the public talking about the materials that we dispose of. It will be an impact object on display.”

Image: London's "fatberg"


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