INDA (the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry), a global network headquartered in Cary, has settled a class-action lawsuit filed by the City of Perry, Iowa. The plaintiffs had alleged flushable wipes were responsible for damages to the city’s sewage system. In dropping the suit, representatives of Perry admitted, since suing in 2015, no clogs or increased maintenance of the sewer system could be attributed to flushable wipes, and no city employee had been able to identify a flushable wipe manufactured by select defendants in any clog. A suit against manufacturers of flushable wipes in Florida was settled similarly in 2016. No compensation was awarded for alleged damages in either case. Studies conducted in various cities have concluded more than 98 percent of items found in sewer clogs are neither designed nor labeled as flushable. INDA explains the wipes are designed to decompose in “properly-maintained sewer and septic systems,” and banning them would lead to more clogs as consumers try to flush paper towels and baby wipes instead.