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The University of Colorado is blaming "defective" toilet paper for expensive plumbing problems — including overflowing toilets in 27 academic buildings on the Boulder campus — that janitorial workers had to deal at the end of the spring semester in 2009.

In a lawsuit the CU Board of Regents filed last week in Boulder County District Court against Waxie Enterprises Inc. and Royal Paper Converting Inc., officials said they had to call on plumbing contractors and use augers to clear sewer lines in response to the troublesome toilet paper. In total, CU spent more than $40,000 dealing with the plumbing issues and repairing damage that resulted from the faulty tissue, according to the lawsuit.

"In one instance, the University of Colorado was required to saw-cut concrete and excavate sewer pipes in order to remove an auger from a sewer line that was so bound up and clogged with toilet paper that it became stuck in the plumbing line," CU's attorneys wrote in the lawsuit.

CU began investigating the issue upon noticing that a rising number of toilets were becoming clogged and overflowing in bathrooms in more than 20 buildings on the Boulder campus beginning in early May 2009, according to the lawsuit. The problem, which persisted through June of that year, was traced back to the toilet paper from Waxie Enterprises and Royal Paper Converting, according to the lawsuit.

CU first entered into a contract with Waxie in 2007 to provide janitorial supplies, including toilet paper, the lawsuit states. Royal Paper Converting manufactured the paper at issue, according to the lawsuit.

"The toilet paper that was provided by Waxie and Royal Paper failed to disperse properly and caused the toilets and sewer lines at the university to become clogged," the lawsuit states.

CU is asking a jury to award it more than $40,000, including other costs associated with the "inconvenience and hassle," for eight claims, including breach of contract and negligence.

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