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Eastbourne fatberg-busting team make news worldwide
A fatbusting firm was called in to remove a bus-sized lump of rotting gunk – and made headlines across the world.
CountyClean Environmental Services, based in Eastbourne, cleared the biggest fatberg ever seen on camera.
The putrid blockage was discovered in a sewer beneath Kingston High Street when residents of nearby flats complained they could not flush their toilets.
CountyClean soon set to work with its latest hi-tech tanker to save the streets and surrounding homes and businesses from flooding with raw sewage.
Weighing a massive 15 tonnes the lump was so large that water flowwas reduced to just 5% and threatened to flood nearby homes.
CountyClean engineers and workers used a high-pressure jet hose to blast the fatberg into pieces before sucking up the debris with a hi-tech vacuum tanker. However, the size of the fatberg meant the grisly task took nearly two weeks to complete.
The story of the fatberg made national news and was even covered overseas.
More than 68,000 people have viewed a video of the team’s fatbusting exploits on YouTube and the firm has been contacted by journalists from as far afield as France and Germany.
Graeme Sanderson from County- Clean Environmental Services said: “This was the biggest accumulation of fat in a sewer we have ever seen and was caused by residents and businesses disposing of fat and debris down sinks and drains.
“Attached to the front of the hose is a stainless steel ‘bomb’ which works by injecting fresh water backwards at very high pressure.
“This drives the head forwards through any blockages and up the brick sewer, cleaning the brickwork and washing blockages backwards.
Following removal of the blockage the damaged sewer will take up to six weeks to repair.
Graeme said: “To avoid major blockages in the future residents and businesses must dispose of their waste fat responsibly. Bag it – and bin it.”
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