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Old 13 September 2017, 03:17 PM
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Icon86 Engineers battle 143-ton "total monster" in London sewer

British engineers say they have launched a "sewer war" against a giant fat blob clogging London's sewers.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/london-...-thames-water/
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Old 13 September 2017, 03:27 PM
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Diapers? People flush diapers?

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Old 13 September 2017, 03:40 PM
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We need to send Mike Rowe to London, ASAP!
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Old 13 September 2017, 04:55 PM
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Probably diaper liners, which are flush able.
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Old 13 September 2017, 06:52 PM
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Probably diaper liners, which are theoretically flushable.
I fixed that for you, since it seems reality does not mesh with theory.

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Old 13 September 2017, 07:28 PM
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Calling Sir Harry King --
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Probably diaper liners, which are flush able.
Well, they're not flushable, that's the point... like the wet-wipes that claim to be flushable but aren't.
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Old 14 September 2017, 02:33 PM
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Agreed. The article mentions that the last 'monster' was near a posh part of town which doesn't surprise me. 'Flushable' wipes have replaced toilet paper for many people on the higher end of the income spectrum.
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I am not a civil engineer but I have worked with a lot of them on the installation of lift stations. These are sumps with pumps (to be a poet ). These are needed when there is not enough slope for sewage to flow fast enough to keep the sewers cleaned out. The sewers under London are very old and probably don't have lots of slope given the London is subject to flooding these days. So despite the debate on what should and should not be flushed, clogs are likely to be a continuing problem.
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Also in talking with DW (a chemical and environmental engineer), she pointed out that the big problem that causes clogs in sewers is the grease and fats that people pour down the drains. She noted that the city of Dallas has a program to get people to quit doing this. And sure enough in reading the article, there is this statement - " discarded fats and cooking oil." So to keep this blob from coming to a sewer near you, recycle.
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I remember back in the early 2000s the city of Raleigh had a bus painted as a big rolling public service announcement telling people not to pour grease down the drain. This was in conjunction with a TV ad campaign, but my apartment was across the street from a bus stop so I saw that bus a lot.
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'Flushable' wipes have replaced toilet paper for many people on the higher end of the income spectrum.
Don't they get used at the low end.
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Old 18 September 2017, 11:42 PM
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Ha ha, I got your joke at least, Skeptic...

I think Beachlife! is wrong about the toilet-clogging habits of the super-rich, though. Wet wipes are a bit passé. These days, if you want to clog a toilet in style, you should use 500 euro notes:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-41306934

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Swiss prosecutors are investigating why tens of thousands of euros were flushed down toilets in Geneva.

The €500 (£440; $600) notes were cut up and found in the toilets of a branch of the bank UBS and in three nearby restaurants.

Thousands of francs have reportedly been spent on plumbing repairs to unclog the surrounding pipes.
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If you pay plumber $2000 to pull $20,000 from your toilet who gets to keep the $20k?
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