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Posted on: July 30, 2021

Protect Local Drinking Water – Pick Up Your Dog’s Waste

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Whether you are walking your dog on your own land or on public land, it is important to pick up your dog’s waste. The average dog generates ¾ lb. of waste per day. That ¾ lb. contains billions of fecal coliform bacteria. Fecal coliform bacteria can contaminate public and private drinking water supplies and can make people sick. This happens when dog waste is left on the ground and washes down into ground water or when it flows with stormwater into rivers and streams that enter public drinking water supplies. In addition to illness, this pollution encourages weed growth, algae blooms that can result in taste and odor problems, beach closures, and fish kills. 

 

How You Can Protect Our Drinking Water and Public Health:

 

  • Do not leave dog waste on the ground
  • Only bring your dog where dogs are allowed
  • Pick up dog waste with a bag and put it in the trash
  • Do not dispose of dog waste in wetlands, storm drains, or compost piles

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