It’s December 2018 and Charlie Ewart is inspecting the sewers beneath the English seaside town of Sidmouth. Suddenly, something horrific looms up from the dark – like a monster straight out a terrifying movie. And this congealed mass of trash, oils and grease – known as a “fatberg” – has grown to a colossal size.
Back in the days before effective sanitation, people around the world often used to be dependent on natural water sources like rivers to wash away sewage. And as a result, disease and sickness were widespread, eventually leading people to begin developing a more hygienic approach.