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Increasingly popular bathroom wipes, thick, premoistened towelettes that are advertised as flushable, are creating clogs and backups in sewer systems around the nation. The problem has gotten so bad that frustrated sewer officials traced the wipes back to specific neighborhoods in an upstate New York town, and even knocked on doors to break the embarrassing news to residents that they are the source of a costly, unmentionable mess.

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