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Sewers clogged after Americans turn to wipes during toilet paper shortage

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Published: Jun. 4, 2020 at 7:14 AM EDT
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Clogs in sewers and stormwater drains are increasing during the pandemic as home-bound Americans are seeking alternatives to bathroom tissue because of occasional shortages, while stepping up efforts to sanitize their dwellings and themselves.

Officials in U.S. cities and rural communities - and even the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - have issued pleas to be careful about what gets flushed down the toilet, as wastewater plant operators report a surge of stopped-up pipes and damage to pumps and other equipment.

The outbreak is further strapping local budgets while sharpening debate over whether body wipes are suitable for toilet disposal.

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