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A stock photo of a sewer drain, via CBS News.

A stock photo of a sewer drain, via CBS News.

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - What to flush or not to flush. Local sewer officials say many of us need to be reminded of the answer.

Waste water officials across the country say the big concern these days is wipes, thick pre-moistened towelettes which are causing clogs in sewer pipes. A Portland Water System study found the wipes are a cause of many sewer pipe clogs.

“More often than not, the cause of that is material. It may be these wipes, may be just napkins being put down sewers, and grease going down drains as well,” Missouri Sewer District spokesman Lance LeComb explains.

LeComb says only human waste and toilet paper should be flushed down a toilet. In the kitchen sink, only clear liquids – ones that won’t jell into a clog – should go down the drain.

“You should also be careful about the different foods you put down [the sink] also. It’s about protecting the environment, protecting your neighborhood, and, in some cases, protecting yourself from a basement backup,” LeComb added.

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