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UK engineers launch ‘sewer war’ against giant fat blob

A view of a fatberg inside a sewer in Whitechapel, London. British engineers say they have launched a “sewer war” against a giant fat blob clogging London’s sewers. Thames Water officials said Tuesday it is likely to take three weeks to dissolve the outsize fatberg. (Thames Water via AP)

A view of a fatberg inside a sewer in Whitechapel, London. British engineers say they have launched a “sewer war” against a giant fat blob clogging London’s sewers. Thames Water officials said Tuesday it is likely to take three weeks to dissolve the outsize fatberg. (Thames Water via AP)

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A view of part of a fatberg inside a sewer in Whitechapel, London. The monster mass of oil, fat, diapers and baby wipes may be destined for a museum. (Thames Water via AP)

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Thames Water officials said it is likely to take three weeks to dissolve the fatberg. (Thames Water via AP)

LONDON (AP) — British engineers say they have launched a “sewer war” against a giant fat blob clogging London’s sewers.

Thames Water officials said Tuesday it is likely to take three weeks to dissolve the outsize fatberg.

They caution against expecting quick results as the fatberg is 250 yards long and weighs as much as 11 double-decker busses.

The unsavory blob consists of congealed wet wipes, diapers, fat and oil.

Thames Water’s Matt Rimmer says the fatberg is “a total monster and taking a lot of manpower and machinery to remove as it’s set hard.”

He said the task is “basically like trying to break up concrete.”

Eight workers are using high powered jet hoses to break up the blob before sucking it out into tankers for disposal at a recycling site.

The monster fatberg may be destined for a museum.

The Museum of London says it is trying to acquire a chunk of the 130 metric ton (143 U.S. ton) mass.

Museum director Sharon Ament said Wednesday that adding the fatberg to its collection “would raise questions about how we live today and also inspire our visitors to consider solutions to the problems of growing metropolises.”

It hasn’t decided how it would be displayed.