Contractors have used a claw hook hooked up to a digger to take away the fatberg from the Victoria Ave pump station. Photograph / Provided
By Charlotte Jones, Native Democracy Reporter
Monster fatbergs found in a Whakatāne sewer will take days to take away and value ratepayers hundreds.
What was anticipated to be a one-day job on Wednesday will now stretch into subsequent week with Whakatāne District Council workers discovering there’s multiple fatberg blocking the pump station on the nook of Hinemoa St and Victoria Ave.
As of yesterday afternoon, contractors had eliminated three cubic metres of foul-smelling waste, largely made up of fats, grease, moist wipes, and sanitary merchandise.
The work is taken into account pressing because the pump station has been struggling to deal with the blockage.
Three waters operations group chief Luke Shipton stated a claw hook hooked up to a digger had been used to tug the mass out of the pump station.
“This surprising work is more likely to value hundreds to resolve and is totally avoidable,” he stated.
“It is a reminder to solely flush the three P’s – pee, poo and (rest room) paper. Don’t flush moist wipes, even people who declare they’re biodegradable, or pour fats, grease, and oil down your sink.
The hardened fats and oil combines with different non-flushable issues just like the moist wipes to make enormous fatbergs and that is what’s inflicting points in your neighbourhood.”
Shipton stated the right strategy to eliminate leftover fat and oils was to pour them right into a container earlier than placing it within the garbage bin and to wipe greasy pans with paper towels earlier than washing the dishes.
He stated all non-flushable objects have been precisely that – non-flushable – and must be put within the garbage bin relatively than the bathroom.
Shipton notes that the majority moist wipes comprise plastic as do many sanitary merchandise and single-use nappies.
“If we take these easy steps, we are able to scale back the necessity for future smelly and costly clean-up operations,” he stated.
Fatbergs have been giving councils world wide a headache and are now not related solely with massive cities.
In July final 12 months, a Gisborne sewer overflowed after heavy rain attributable to a fatberg blocking the pipes.
This fatberg was 15 metres lengthy, weighed half a tonne and was made up of fats, rags, moist wipes, and condoms.