Photo Courtesy of Washington State
Water Quality Consortium
Most of us pick up after our pets to be a good neighbor and to keep our yard clean. But there's another important reason. Pet waste contains bacteria that are harmful to us and our water. Leaving it on the sidewalk or lawn means harmful bacteria will be transported into the storm drains and then into our lakes and streams.
Here are some simple steps you can take to carefully dispose of pet waste and help keep our water clean:
- Dispose of it promptly and properly. Whether in your yard or on a walk, promptly dispose of your pet's waste in the trash or down the toilet where it will be properly treated. When pet waste is left behind, it washes into storm drains and ditches. From there it heads straight to your local lakes and streams taking harmful bacteria with it.
- Spread the word. Tell others how they can help protect our lakes and streams by reminding them to clean up after their pets.