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Disinfecting wipes are being flushed and causing major pipe problems

(CNN)Disinfecting wipes are helping people combat the spreading of germs amid the coronavirus pandemic. But some experts say the wipes, arguably the supply that's been used to clean surfaces in homes the most, are harming sewers. Why? Because people are flushing wipes down toilets, rather than dumping them in the trash.Now, public agencies around the nation are urging people to solely throw their wipes in the trash, warning that not doing so could cause blockages and damage to sewer systems. Wipes cause sewage issuesFacilities across California have already reported issues with their sewer collection systems, the state's Water Resources Control Board said. Many cities in California use centralized sewage collection systems that rely on gra ...