A giant fatberg weighing 200 tonnes has been removed with a new and radical method to tackle such gruesome piles of waste.
According to water firm United Utilities, the disgusting mass of waste, wet wipes and other sanitary items discovered in Liverpool had to be removed as it was causing homes to flood.
So the firm’s engineers came up with an ingenious method which essentially “eats” the fatberg “from the inside out”.
The strategy saw workers push a steel rope through the 250m fatberg and cut it with a jet.
Programme delivery manager Sammy Nelson said: “It was done with great success and within a couple of weeks, flow was restored to the sewer.”
The fatberg, which had been causing issues on Bankhall Lane, Birchall Street and Foster Street, was removed in half the time it would have taken to replace the sewer.
It is one of a string of vile masses discovered across the country this year.
In February the Mirror reported how gruesome pictures of fatbergs and other drain blockages in Hull prompted a warning about responsible flushing.
The images, shared by the team of workers tasked with clearing the horrific waste, showed the dramatic consequences of wet wipes, sanitary products and cotton buds being flushed down toilets, as well as fats, oils and greases being poured down drains.
That came just before a “huge, disgusting” fatberg “the weight of a small bungalow” was removed from a sewer in London.
Members of the public had at the time been urged to be “careful what they flush” following the two-week removal operation for the foul-smelling mass from a conduit in Canary Wharf, London.
While 200 tonnes of unflushable waste, equivalent to two massive blue whales, were cleared from 50 miles of sewer pipes underneath Southend-on-Sea in Essex last month.