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WHAT NOT TO FLUSH: 'Flushable' labels are misleading

September 27, 2013

Despite their “flushable” labels, officials say flushing wipes and other items into the sewer system has caused several plugged pipes and pumps.

COLUMBIA CITY — Flushable wipes. Flushable cat litter. Flushable toilet cleaners.

Officials are finding out the hard way — these items are not so "flushable."

While Columbia City's wastewater system has struggled with these products — it's been a worldwide issue.

"They have 'flushable' everything now," Columbia City Wastewater Superintendent Mike Cook said. "Sure, they'll make it through your toilet, but when they get to our system, it's creating all kinds of problems. They'll flush out of your home, go right into our pumps, and bind them up."

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