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Posted on: September 24, 2013

[ARCHIVED] Wet wipes get stink eye from sewer officials

Increasingly popular bathroom wipes — pre-moistened towelettes often advertised as flushable — are being blamed for creating clogs and backups in sewer systems across Iowa and the nation.

Wastewater authorities say wipes may go down the toilet, but even many labeled flushable aren’t breaking down as they course through the sewer system. That’s costing some municipalities millions of dollars to...

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