What’s in your water?

As I stood in the lobby of Hardin County Animal Shelter watching the rain beat against the windows, I looked out upon the expanse before me. I watched the muddy water pool inside the drainage ditch in front of me wondering where all the water would eventually go after the storm subsided. I looked out at the street and saw streams of mud flowing like a river along the shoulder of the road. Moments before my coworkers said the rain had collected trash and the streams in the street carried it along the road. And the only thing I could think was, “Too bad there isn’t any dog poop out there.”

Have you ever just watched the rain pour down? It is an amazing weather pattern. It’s also one of my favorites. Nothing excites me more than watching a thunderstorm. It is so thrilling to listen to the rumbling thunder and to watch the lightning dance across the sky. But in all this beauty, there is dog poop sitting somewhere in someone’s yard being inundated with raindrops. As it breaks down into smaller pieces, just like the trash, it gets carried away by flowing waters into storm drains. If it doesn’t make it to storm drains, there is a good chance that it simply gets small enough to get into the ground water. Why does this even matter?

Source water contamination can occur. Dog waste contains E. coli, Salmonella, and nitrogen. It could also contain:

  • Roundworm
  • Hookworm
  • Tapeworm
  • Whipworm
  • Giardia
  • Coccidia
  • Campylobacter
  • Cryptosporidium

Of greatest environmental concern is nitrogen. As the rain carries dog waste into streams and lakes, the nitrogen can create ammonia in the water. This can kill fish populations.

The parasites and bacteria are of concern also because they could contaminate drinking water.

So there you have it, leaving dog waste to sit in your yard is harmful to the environment. Luckily, there are companies like PetCorps all over the United States who can help you manage the dog waste. So whether you live in Kentucky or some other state, be proactive and hire a pooper scooper especially if you don’t have time to scoop dog poop. We’d be happy to help!

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