STOOP AND SCOOP: IT’S GOOD FOR OUR HEALTH AND THE ENVIRONMENT
If you don’t “stoop and scoop” when you’re walking your dog, not only are you leaving a nasty surprise for someone else to step in, but you could also be contaminating the drinking water supply.
Animal feces contain E.coli bacteria as well as other germs. When you leave your pet’s feces on the ground, that bacteria gets into the underground water table, known as an aquifer. Specifically, rain water washes the bacteria into storm drains and through the soil into the aquifer, and the water eventually finds its way into the same streams, rivers, and lakes from which we draw fresh water for drinking and other household use.
Now of course, fresh water is treated and sanitized in wastewater treatment plants before it comes out of your faucets at home, but you can help to improve the quality of the water overall by doing the courteous thing and picking up your dog’s droppings. Remember to carry multiple plastic bags with you when you walk your dog and wrap the droppings carefully before disposing of them in the trash (or flush the droppings down the toilet).
And if you don’t have them already, consider requesting a dedicated receptacle for dog feces in your local dog park.
For more on preserving water quality, see: http://www.cdc.gov/healthyplaces/healthtopics/water.htm