California could limit 'flushable' wipes tied to sewer clogs

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Wet wipes, those single-use wet tissues for babies and adults wanting something more than just toilet paper, are the scourge of sewer systems nationwide, according to several cities challenging claims that the products are safe to flush.

Legislation in California that advanced on Thursday would require products that cannot be flushed down the toilet to be clearly labeled as such. Cities including New York and the District of Columbia have also attempted to cut down on what manufacturers call “flushable wipes,” saying they can actually clog pipes and require costly repairs.