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That’s the story that ran in USA Today this week, featuring cities’ sewer issues being caused by an increasing number of so-called “flushable” disinfecting wipes clogging wastewater-treatment systems. From the story: The products appeal to consumers in part because of manufacturers’ claims that they can be conveniently flushed down...

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Here’s one birthday that’s a total crapper. Thomas J. Crapper, actually. January 13 marked the 150th birthday of plumber Thomas J. Crapper‘s invention, a one-piece pedestal for a flushing toilet that would revolutionize their operation—and sanitation in general. The Independent blogged about the birthday last week: …thanks to Thomas...

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