As pet lovers, we all know the joy dogs and cats can bring to their owners. They’re cute, cuddly, loyal, and they love us unconditionally. But…they also poop. While pet waste is one of the many contributors to stormwater pollution in Orange County, the good news is it’s one that each of us can easily help prevent! Storm drains are not connected to wastewater treatment plants or septic systems like the drains in your home. When pet or livestock waste is left on the sidewalk, street, or yard, stormwater and non-stormwater runoff can wash it directly into our storm drain system and out to our City and County channels and ocean without it being treated first.
Animal waste is a threat to human and environmental health because it contains harmful bacteria and pathogens, some of which can cause serious diseases in humans. Animal waste also contains many other nutrient pollutants, which contribute to damaging algae growth in a water body. Being a responsible owner means picking up after your animal. Here is how you can properly dispose of animal waste and prevent local water pollution:
Use these tips to help prevent polluted runoff from entering our storm drain system.
For more information about proactive pet care to prevent polluted runoff, check out our applicable brochures below:
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