Pet waste left on the ground can wash into storm drains and contaminate our rivers and streams with bacteria and parasites. Protecting our waterways from harmful pet waste is as easy as snagging it and bagging it in biodegradable bags that can be thrown into any trash can.
Is pet waste REALLY a problem?
According to the US EPA, pet waste is a significant cause of water body contamination, especially in areas where there are high concentrations of dogs. Decaying pet waste consumes oxygen and releases ammonia. Low oxygen levels and ammonia can damage the health of fish and other aquatic life. Additionally, it contains nutrients that promote weed and algae growth, which makes swimming and recreation unappealing or even unhealthy.
Pet waste also carries bacteria, viruses, and parasites that can threaten the health of humans and wildlife. Some of the diseases spread by pet wastes include:
Campylobacteriosis - a bacterial infection that causes diarrhea in humans.
Salmonellosis - the most common bacterial infection transmitted to humans from animals, causing fever, muscle aches, headache, vomiting, and diarrhea.
Toxocarisis (Roundworms) - Symptoms include vision loss, rash, fever, or cough.
What is the proper disposal method?
The quickest and easiest way to get rid of dog waste is to SNAG it and BAG it!
Are YOU ready to take the pledge?
Now that you know the problem and a simple solution, ALCOSAN wants you to take the Pick Up Poop (PUP) Pledge to keep our rivers and streams free of pet wastes. By signing the PUP pledge form HERE, your dog will get a great prize to show that its "people' care about the environment. (Your name will be added to our e-mail list for future events and announcements only.)
Let's Pick Up Poop, Pittsburgh!