Clean Up After Your Pet

Clean Up After Your Pet
Posted on 05/15/2019
Maintaining good water quality in New Hope continues to be a high priority for the city. However, clean water is a responsibility we all share, and in this case, we’re asking residents to be mindful of cleaning up after their pet.

Scooping pet poop is not a desirable activity, but here is information from the Environmental Protection Agency on how important it is to our health:

Animal waste contains two main types of pollutants that harm local waters: nutrients and pathogens. When this waste ends up in water bodies, it decomposes, releasing nutrients that cause excessive growth of algae and weeds.

This makes the water murky, green, smelly, and even unusable for swimming, boating, or fishing. The pathogens, diseasecausing bacteria and viruses, can also make local waters unswimmable and unfishable, and have caused severe illness in humans.

While it’s common courtesy to pick up after your pets when you go on walks, it’s also a good idea to pick up after them at home. Some diseases can be transmitted from pet waste to humans through contact with the soil.

The easiest way to avoid these problems is to clean up after your pet each and every time, and dispose of the waste properly in the garbage.

Plus, pet waste is just plain gross to have where you live. Doing your part makes New Hope a more enjoyable place for all.