Addressing pet waste issues proactively by communicating with neighbors and utilizing local resources can save time and help keep your facility in compliance. Pet waste contains harmful bacteria and nutrients that can bypass a stormwater facility’s treatment processes. It’s important to make sure your stormwater facility is free from pet waste.
Where to find it:
Typically in unfenced, grassy facilities such as swales, infiltration basins and around ponds and sometimes in bioretention cells.
When to maintain it:
Pet waste must be removed from stormwater facilities immediately. For this reason, consider restricting dogs from those areas.
What you'll need:
- shovel or trowel
- bags and bucket
Tools you'll need:
If pet waste is present in a stormwater facility, it must be picked up immediately.
Canines for Clean Water offers free resources to address neighborhood pet waste issues.
Talk with neighbors individually or at meetings. Consider restricting dogs from facilities.
Add signage as a reminder and be clear about expectations.
Stormwater facilities commonly associated with pet waste issues: