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Things that get stuck in pipes

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OTTAWA -- Facts and figures on flushable wipes and Canadian waste-water treatment facilities:

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-- Number of waste-water plants in Canada: 3,700

-- Average amount each of them budgets annually for clogs suspected to have been caused by wipes: up to $80,000

-- Cost to some communities per clog: $5,000

-- Products plumbers and waste-water officials say they often find stuck in pipes: condoms, feminine hygiene products, baby wipes, dental floss, cotton swabs, diapers, personal wipes, bandages, medicines, kitty litter, food waste, cooking grease, paint

-- What they say is safe to flush down the toilet: toilet paper and human waste

-- source: waste-water treatment operations, City of London, Ont.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition November 18, 2013 A10

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