Pet Owners & Preventing Stormwater Pollution

Most pet owners know better than to leave pet waste on the ground, in the yard, and on sidewalks; however, pet waste droppings can still be seen on trails, sidewalks, and around the neighborhood.  What is often overlooked is that pet waste contains bacteria that can affect our drinking water supply reservoirs and streams.  This bacteria can lead to health concerns when one comes into contact with polluted waterways - gastrointestinal issues, swimmer's itch, and eye infections can result.  So, how do you properly take care of Fido's waste and be a responsible pet owner?

1.  Throw it in the trash.  As long as local rules allow, pet waste can be enclosed in a plastic bag and put in the trash.

2.  Create or purchase an in-ground waste digester.  This acts like a mini septic system, allowing the waste to safely break down without contaminating local waterways.  If you pick up after your pet with corn starch biodegradable bags, these can be thrown right into the digester together!

3.  Flush it.  This is likely not an option for many, but it does take care of the problem.  Flushing the waste away ensures that it will be treated at the sewage treatment plant, or treated by your home septic system (as long as that system is inspected and properly maintained).

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