“Largest fatberg” in Unitywater history uncovered

Earlier this week, Unitywater uncovered the largest and smelliest fatberg in its history, reminding people of what not to flush.

Earlier this week, Unitywater uncovered the largest and smelliest fatberg in its history, reminding people of what not to flush.

Weighing in at over a tonne, it’s the biggest fatberg Unitywater has ever discovered in its sewerage network.

The smelly, congealed mass results from people flushing wet wipes and other items that don’t belong in the sewer.

Unitywater Executive Manager Rhett Duncan said, “it was an overnight job” to clear the messy problem from a sewage pump station in Brendale.

“It took most of the night by the time our crews lifted the pump, dug the rags and fatberg off by hand, and got the pump operating again,” he said.

“It’s not a nice job and doesn’t smell very pleasant, but somebody has to do it. We have the right crew for the job.

“We’d love to use the crews to do maintenance work elsewhere on our network.”

Fatbergs form from what not to flush

Mr Duncan said fatbergs and blockages were easily avoidable by ensuring anything other than pee, poo and paper were put in the bin.

“We ask people only to flush the Three Ps – pee, poo and toilet paper,” he said.

“The same goes for the kitchen sink – fats and oils belong in the bin as these can clog private plumbing and wreak havoc on the sewerage network.

“If people are flushing things that don’t belong in the sewer, it can block private plumbing, leading to expensive personal plumbing bills.”

More: www.unitywater.com/wetwipesarerubbish

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