The mammoth mass of waste stretches to greater than half a mile in size and weighs 330 tons, Seven Trent Water stated in an announcement.
They estimated that the fatberg is probably not cleared till June.
“Whereas the true extent of the blockage will not be recognized till it’s eliminated, it’s more likely to be one of many greatest blockages Severn Trent has ever handled,” the corporate stated.
“It is a huge undertaking and it is not resolved but,” added Scott Burgin, operations supervisor at Severn Trent. “This large mass is the results of everybody often washing and flushing the improper issues down the drains, and never realising the impression that it is having.”
Burgin blamed unflushable merchandise like wipes, diapers and sanitary merchandise being flushed in England’s second most-populous metropolis.
And he issued some alliterative recommendation to residents of Birmingham: “Our recommendation is to all the time go away leftover cooking fats to chill, earlier than disposing of it within the bin and to stay to solely flushing the three P’s (pee, poo and bathroom paper) and bin the rest.”
Fatbergs (the phrase is a portmanteau of fats and iceberg) type over time as objects that may’t be damaged down are flushed or washed down drains as a substitute of disposed accurately.
A sewage sensor, which displays for rising water ranges, alerted the corporate to the Birmingham berg.
Thames Water, which operates the water system in London, says it spends £1 million a month, ($1.four million), to clear blockages of this sort.