Massive 'Fatberg' Removed From Macomb County Sewer System

September 12, 2018 - 7:13 am

MACOMB (WWJ) - It's 100 feet long, 11 feet wide, 6 feet tall and just plain gross.

It's called a fatberg -- a collection of fats, oils and grease mixed with solid items that have been flushed down sewer pipes, like baby wipes. It created one of the biggest sewer blockages in recent memory, clogging a giant sewer main in Macomb County.

The fatberg was broken up and removed, but County Public Works Commissioner Candice Miller is using the incident as a learning tool for people to watch what they flush. 

"This restriction was caused by people and restaurants pouring grease and similar materials down their drains. We want to change that behavior," Miller said in a statement.

If a fatberg continues to grow, it can cause sewage backups or overflow into nearby waterways.