- Associated Press - Sunday, March 1, 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Bismarck officials are reminding residents that the toilet is not a trash can.

Officials say the city is experiencing an increase in wastewater pump station malfunctions. They say crews are regularly unclogging mounds of rags and wipes from pumps at a considerable expense.

Officials say residents shouldn’t flush wipes because they can damage the city’s sewer system and may cause basement sewer backups.

Increasingly popular bathroom wipes that are often advertised as flushable are being blamed for creating clogs and backups in sewer systems around the nation.

Wastewater authorities nationwide 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 unclog pipes and pumps and to replace and upgrade machinery.

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