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May 28

Pick Up After Your Pet

Posted on May 28, 2015 at 10:46 AM by OCOM Specialist

In an effort to keep the Little City clean and sanitary, the Northern Virginia Clean Water Partners asks that you please pick up after you pet. Pet waste left on the ground and sidewalk, gets washed into storm drains and the local waterway—without being treated! The bacteria, parasites and viruses found in pet waste can be harmful to water quality and human health. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), one gram of dog feces contains 23 million fecal bacteria—that doesn’t even included diseases and viruses such as, roundworms (toxocarisis), tapeworms (cysticerosis), E.coli, and Salmonellosis.

Follow these simple tips:

  • Always carry disposable baggies or paper towels with you when you walk your dog.
  • If possible, double-bag the dog waste before you place it into the trash, this will help minimize odor.
  • Do not use dog waste as fertilizer. In 1991 the EPA labeled dog waste as a pollutant, placing it into the same category as toxic chemicals.
  • It is best to clear your yard of pet waste on a daily or weekly basis. The longer pet waste stays on the ground, the greater a health risk it becomes.