Singing Sewermen release Good King Wenceslas 'remix'
Credit: Thames Water/21 December 2010
A bunch of hardy London sewermen have posted on YouTube a reworded version of the carol Good King Wenceslas - in a bid to stop people washing drain-blocking turkey fat down their sinks this Christmas.
Christmas is always the worst time of year for sewer abuse, which is when people put anything other than human waste or loo roll down drains. And turkey fat is the biggest no-no of all.
In December around 25 per cent more fat goes down drains, forming hideous ‘fatberg’ blockages when it cools down and sets hard in sewers. An estimated 500 tonnes of lard - the equivalent mass of one million Christmas puddings - is expected to end up in Thames Water sewers this month.
The problem is so bad that Thames Water’s sewermen, or ‘flushers’, who work in the sewers clearing fatbergs, have sung a seasonal plea to their 14m customers to: “Bin it - don’t block it.”