Continuing with our series on National Water Quality month, this week WaterWise would like to discuss the impact of your favorite, furry, four-legged friend on our water supply.
Here in Frisco, we know our residents love their dogs because we have a dog population of approximately 40,000! And each dog, every day, has to perform its business. On average, one dog has an output of ¾ lbs per day, that’s a lot of business!
While everyone loves their own dog, no one likes an inconsiderate owner. No one wants to see, smell, or step in a dog’s business. Cute as they are, dogs are incubators for bacteria, parasites, and viruses. When dog waste is allowed to remain on the ground, it has the potential to put other animals, children, and adults at risk for infection. To further compound matters, when it rains, all of the uncollected business, gets washed into storm drains and into our creeks and streams that flow to our lakes – the source of our drinking water. Because we take such good care of our fury friends, their waste is also full of nutrients that feed weeds and algae. If too much gets into the water, it can remove oxygen from the water, causing fish kills and lowering the overall quality of water.
But don’t worry because Frisco has your back! At the parks around town and even in the green space down at the Square you’ll find doggie waste stations. They have bags for you to pick up after your dog, and even a small trash can to make disposal convenient!
Although it is not the most pleasant task, it is important to clean up after your dog, and properly dispose of the waste, every time s(he) does her business. You’ll be protecting your furry friends, your two-legged friends, and neighbors from a host of negative consequences. Your dog, the City of Frisco, and the State of Texas will thank you!
Visit the Frisco Water Park on Saturday, September 9, 2017 for Doggy Splash Day!