Did you know pet waste is raw sewage?
There are an estimated 55,000 dogs living in Thurston County that generate an estimated 6.25 tons of feces per day! When their waste is left on the streets,at the park, or in our yards, it gets washed away with the rain—contaminating our lakes, stream and drinking water sources with harmful bacteria.
There are also microorganisms in pet waste that can be transmitted to humans—roundworms, E.coli and Giardia are just a few. Some of these microorganisms can live in your yard for up to four years if not cleaned up. Children who play outside and adults who garden are at the greatest risk of infection.
about hazardous organisms found in dog waste.What can you do?
The solution is simple:
1. Scoop the poop
2. Put it in a plastic bag
3. Place it in the trash
4. Wash your hands
What can your neighborhood do?
The City of Lacey supplies dog waste stations to homeowners
associations, neighborhood associations and apartment complexes in our city limits. The city supplies the sign and dispenser free
of charge; the association or apartment owner/manager is responsible
for installing the stations, keeping the signs maintained and dispensers filled with bags for
If your neighborhood common area could use a dog waste station, ask your association or complex manager to fill out a Pet Waste Station Application
or call Water Resources at (360) 438-2672.