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Wet wipes 'fatberg' monster removed from Stamford drains

A giant wet wipes ‘monster’ has been cleared from a sewer in Stamford.

Anglian Water reported on Tuesday that the monster was found after a customer on Westfields reported a sewer overflow outside their home.

Technicians attended and jetted the sewer, removing the wipes and fats which were causing the blockage.

The wet wipes 'fatberg monster' (7289142)
The wet wipes 'fatberg monster' (7289142)

An Anglian Water spokesperson said the build up of fats and wet wipes caused a ‘fatberg’ blockage which forced the sewage to back up and overflow.

Such incidents can be avoided by people not putting wet wipes down loos even if it says flushable on the label. Instead, they should go into a bin.

Fats should also be allowed to cool and scraped into the bin instead.

The spokesperson added: “We clear a blockage every 15-minutes on average, and we spend £15million every year jetting and clearing sewers – that’s money that could be better used elsewhere if these items were not flushed or rinsed down the sink.”

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