Cities warn wipes intended for adults are clogging sewer lines

Increasingly popular bathroom wipes – pre-moistened towelettes that are often advertised as flushable – are being blamed for creating clogs and backups in sewer systems around 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 dispatch crews to unclog pipes and pumps and to replace and upgrade machinery.

Kansas City area municipalities warn that flushable wipes are tough on the systems and tend to get caught up in the pipes.

In Kansas City, crews are taking steps to prevent problems.

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