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Some facts and figures about 'flushable' wipes, the bane of water treatment

12/03/2013 05:01 EST | Updated 02/02/2014 05:59 EST
OTTAWA - Facts and figures on flushable wipes and Canadian waste-water treatment facilities:

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

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

Cost to some communities per clog: $5,000

Products often found 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's safe to flush down the toilet: Toilet paper, human waste

(Source: Wastewater Treatment Operations, City of London, Ont.)