A 250-metre long fatberg weighing 130 tonnes has been found blocking a sewer in Whitechapel, London. Gross!!
The solid mass of congealed fat, wet wipes, nappies and oil formed in the Victorian-era tunnel.
Thames Water described it as one of the largest it had seen and said it would take three weeks to remove. The fatberg is about as heavy as 11 double decker buses.
Eight workers will break up the mass with high-pressure hoses, suck up the pieces into tankers and take it to a recycling site in Stratford.
What causes fatbergs? The company says fatbergs form when people put things they shouldn’t down sinks and toilets.
“It’s frustrating as these situations are totally avoidable and caused by fat, oil and grease being washed down sinks and wipes flushed down the loo.” said Matt Rimmer, the company’s head of waste networks. “The sewers are not an abyss for household rubbish and our message to everyone is clear – please bin it – don’t block it.”
Te reo is being celebrated this week in New Zealand.
The theme for this year is Kia ora te reo Māori which means, “Let the Māori Language live”.
Maori Language Week is about raising awareness about te reo in New Zealand and promoting the language.
According to Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori – the Māori Language Commission 130,000 people have conversational fluency, 300,000 are learning at school and 10,000 are learning in tertiary education.
Today, Thursday, September 14, marks the day in 1972 that the Māori Language Petition was delivered to Parliament. The petition, initiated by activist group Nga Tamatoa, contained more than 30,000 signatures, and paved the way for Māori language to be taught in schools.