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Do not flush: A $160,700 lesson in the Town of Tonawanda

The Town of Tonawanda has to pony up another $160,700 for work at its Wastewater Treatment Plant.

The reason? Flushable wipes that really are not flushable.

"A lot of people are flushing those disposable Lysol wipes and baby wipes down the toilet and they get caught up in our system and we have to redo these essential bar screens at a very significant cost," Councilman William Conrad said. "It's a big nuisance for us."

The bar screen replacements are part of the overall $5.12 million rehabilitation bio-clarifier rehabilitation project approved by the board on Nov. 20, 2017.

The $160,700 change order will be covered by the approved bond, said Kessler. The job for additional work was awarded to GHD Consulting Services and was approved on Monday by the Town Board.

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