We didn't think it was necessary to say "don't pour the cement down the drain", but apparently it is, because some deeply reckless individuals did exactly that, and caused a huge problem for everyone.
London's Thames Water has found a record-breaking "concrete" 100 meters long and weighs 105 tons under Islington. It's as heavy as a blue whale and is plugging the sewers just as effectively.
The "industrial quantity" of cement has put a strain on and is causing problems in three separate sewers, where it is attached to Victorian masonry. The only way to get rid of it is that the Thames Water goes down there with high-pressure pneumatic drills and high-pressure jets and only remove it until it has disappeared. Apparently, it will take at least two months and ruin the already horrendous traffic around Goswell Road in Islington.
The company will also have to have tankers ready to pump waste and make sure no one is flooded with waste water. Delicious.
Thames Water points out that the cost of solving this completely useless problem could have been spent on "investing in the network and helping customers in vulnerable circumstances".
Again – why would you do it?
Alex Saunders, operational manager of Thames Water, comments exasperated:
"Normally the blocks are caused by grease, oil and wet wipes that accumulate in the sewers, but unfortunately in this case it is a cement as hard as rock, it is in there and it is fixed to the Victorian masonry, so we have to remove it to remove it.
This is not the first time that the damage has been caused by people pouring cement into our sewers, but it is certainly the worst we have seen. It is very frustrating and takes a long time and effort to solve it. We are doing everything we can to address it as quickly as possible, ensuring that our customers do not have to suffer because of this senseless abuse of our network ".
The company has launched an investigation to find out who put the cement there and try to recover some of the money. Meanwhile, let's all try to stop putting the drains that shouldn't be there, yes? Do it through your cement skulls, polluters.