Double decker sized fatbergs lurking under the streets of Oxford


Double decker sized fatbergs lurking under the streets of Oxford

This fatberg looks like something from Titanic (Picture: Wessex News)

Foul-smelling double decker sized fatbergs made up of lard, soiled nappies and sanitary towels are lurking under the streets of Oxford.

The blocks, which are basically huge lumps of congealed waste, are being blamed on residents.

Thames Water has criticised homeowners for ignoring bans on tipping lard and cooking fat down kitchen sinks – and plopping soiled nappies, sanitary towels and condoms down the toilet.

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Shoppers in Oxford city centre (Picture: Alamy)

One vast fatberg found in a sewer has led a couple living in Walton Crescent to be flooded with a ‘poo-nami ‘of raw sewage for the third time since 2003.

Hoonie Feltham and her husband Hugh Palmer urged the community, restaurants and Thames Water to do more after their basement was swamped again.

‘It was awful – we had raw sewage flooding into our basement and we have a room we often rent out down there,’ Ms Feltham said.

Mr Palmer described the area as ‘the Piccadilly Circus’ of Oxford’s sewer system and said raising awareness could help to alleviate the problem.

‘To reduce the blockages it’s important we understand why the fat ends up in sewers and whether it’s due to financial restraints for example, or simply a lack of awareness or concern,’ added Thames Water waste networks area manager Alex Saunders.

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Even the Government isn’t blameless – it was revealed recently that Whitehall politicians have been squatting above a giant fatberg of congealed Westminster slime.

It’s embedded with condoms, sanitary products and politicians’ poo.

Thames Water spends approximately £1 million a month clearing fatbergs and blockages, dealing with 55,000 of them every year.

Clearing blockages apparently costs householders and businesses £15m a year in higher water bills.

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