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Does a "Fatberg" lurk in our sewers?

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Tyler Water Utilities says dumping your grease down the drain, even using hot water, is a very bad idea. Tyler Water Utilities says dumping your grease down the drain, even using hot water, is a very bad idea.
TYLER, TX (KLTV) -

Earlier in August it was reported a blockage was found in a London sewer. It was made up almost entirely of congealed fat and weighed 15 tons - so large crews had to send in a piece of specialized equipment to remove it.

Fifteen tons of lard: They called it a "fatberg". The clog beneath London was made up of mostly congealed fat and baby wipes.

How much fat equals 15 tons? It's a lot more than a tub-o-lard. It's about the size of two buses. It has been removed now, but it could happen again.

Has it ever happened in Tyler?

"The vast majority of our stops are the result of grease. It all starts working as a magnet and collects together until eventually it get big enough that it stops up the main," said Greg Morgan Director of Tyler's Utilities and Public Works.

But nothing considered a "fatberg" around here. When there is a stop, it's broken up and sucked out with a vacuum truck, so whatever makes up the clog may not be seen.

"So it's a mechanical process and it's not like there's a lot of hands on where you're filtering through this material," Greg stated.

"I would not want that job," I offered.

"No. Nobody would want that job," Greg laughed.

In the old days the clogs would be removed by hand, so a lot of things that got flushed might be recovered.

"Fifteen years ago we did have a situation where we did recover some rings, and that was because there was a purse causing a blockage in the main," Morgan revealed.

Tyler Water Utilities says dumping your grease down the drain, even using hot water, is a very bad idea. It could build to proportions large enough to cause a backup.

The City of Tyler has posted a video on proper grease disposal. You can find it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2ppHpUh954

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