James Seers’s reworking of the plumbing under domestic sinks separates out solid waste and oil and has the potential to save water companies millions

It was two years ago when the residents of a block of flats in Kingston upon Thames complained of difficulty in flushing their toilets that the alarm was first raised. The problem turned out to be a 15-tonne mass of congealed grease and oil – a fatberg – that had blocked 95% of a 2.4-metre diameter brick pipe in the main sewer, threatening to turn the London borough into a cesspit.

As engineers cleared the blockage over the coming weeks, with ensuing road closures and leaking stench, James Seers found inspiration in an unlikely place. Constantly told by his father to avoid pouring fat down the sink, the student designer resolved to find a solution to prevent the buildup of fatbergs, which cost water companies about £15m a year to clear.

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Source: The Guardian Circular Economy RSS