The City of Abilene has installed 15 new pet waste stations at eight parks in town. But the city wants to remind people that pet waste can pollute stormwater runoff.
"Pet waste consist of harmful bacteria and when left on sidewalks, streets and lawns, it is easily washed into the nearest waterway without treatment," according to a City of Abilene press release.
In addition to these new pet waste stations, the city has some more advice:
- Pick up after your pets and use pet waste stations where available
- Always bring a plastic bag with you when you walk your dog
- Place the bag in the trash or flush the un-bagged waste down the toilet
- Don't forget to scoop the poop in your own yard! (Especially before it rains)
- Don't let you pet take care of business on the pavement - choose a grassy area instead
- Don't use pet waste as fertilizer. The bacteria in pet waste does far more harm than good
"As pet owners, it is our responsibility to pick up after our pets," according to the City of Abilene.
Stormwater Services and the Parks Department have worked together to install these pet waste station at these parks: Gill Park, Everman Park, Nelson Park, Redbud Park, Rose Park, Sears Park and Vaughn Camp Park.
The city encourages residents to do their part to protect the waterways.