Pick Up Pet Waste In Your Yard
When walking your pet, remember to pick up the waste and dispose of it properly. That means by placing it in a bag and then into a trash bag (double bagging) or by flushing it into the sanitary sewer system. Communitywide, the average pet produces about a quarter of a pound of "doggy do" per day. Forsyth County has over 39,000 licensed dogs. That adds up to over 9,750 pounds of doggy do on our lawns each and every day - or 3,558,750 pounds a year! - that can wash into the storm drains and eventually, our drinking water. And that's just in Forsyth County!
Each gram of doggy do contains about 20,000,000 colonies of e. coli bacteria and other pathogens. Pollution starts at the top of the watershed and builds up along the way to the ocean. This contributes to beach closings at the coast and shellfish bed closings. Remember, clean water must be everyone's responsibility.
So take the pledge today and protect our water quality.