Please Pick Up After Your Pets

We all know that we should be picking up after our pets, yet research has shown that only 60% of pet owners actually do so. Obviously, pet waste is smelly, unsightly, and no one wants to ruin their shoes by stepping in it, but leaving pet waste behind can also lead to serious environmental and health concerns.

Rainwater washes unfiltered pet waste into storm drains and creeks, from which it is directly deposited into local rivers and lakes, that ultimately drain into oceans.As it decomposes, pet waste uses up large amounts of oxygen in the water, which deprives marine life of oxygen needed for their survival. In many cases, this lack of oxygen can prove fatal. In addition, when pet waste is broken down, its by-products encourage weed and algae growth, which also can be detrimental to aquatic species.

One gram of dog waste can contain up to 23 million fecal coliform bacteria, which can be harmful to human health if not disposed of appropriately. Improper disposal of pet waste can cause many common diseases such as Campylobacteriosis, Crytosporidium, Toxicariasis, Toxoplasmosis, and Salmonellosis. In addition, dog waste can contain parasites such as hookworms, roundworms, whipworms, tapeworms, and giardiasis. Dog waste is also a major food source for rats.

The best way to deal with pet waste is to collect it and flush it down your toilet so that it undergoes the same sanitary treatment as human waste from your home. The next best option is to collect the waste and dispose of it in biodegradable bags along with your other garbage. If no biodegradable bags are available, collect it in a plastic bag and dispose of it in the same manner.

Pet waste should not be dumped into storm sewers, as that only hastens its trip to the waterways and oceans without receiving any sanitary treatment. It takes chemicals or extreme heat to kill the bacteria and parasites found in dog waste. Therefore, it should never be used in compost piles or for fertilizer on gardens.

Please heed this advice. You will leave everyone a safer and more beautiful community by just following these few easy steps.

Holiday House Watch

The Fort Bend County Constable’s Office, Precinct 4, offers a Vacation Watch Program for District residents.  If you plan to be on vacation or out of town for longer than 24 hours, you may request that deputies routinely check your property during your absence.  You may find more information here:

Vacation Watch Program

To request a Vacation Watch, please call 281-242-4014 Monday – Friday, between the hours of 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM, or use the following link. Your request must be submitted at least 24 hours in advance. Please note that the office is closed on weekends and holidays. Therefore, any requests for weekend house watches must be submitted the preceding Thursday. Requests submitted Friday through Sunday will not be received until the following Monday.

Vacation Watch Request

Proper Disposal of Raked Leaves

Raked leaves can cause clogging of storm drains.

When storm drains clog with leaves, water can no longer properly drain from the street. This water can then pool along streets, causing dangerous driving conditions.

Additionally, pet wastes, oil and other materials dumped into storm drains do not go to the wastewater treatment plant, but instead flow directly into local streams and rivers. Dumping debris and other material into the storm drain is not only illegal, but
contributes pollution to our waterways and causes street ponding.

It is important to keep storm drains free of obstructions to prevent street ponding, property damage, and hazards to the traveling public.

How should I dispose of leaves and debris?

When you are clearing your sidewalk or driveway, please do not rake or blow the leaves from your yard into the street. One option is to sweep, collect, and bag leaves. Further, consider raking or blowing leaves/debris into a compost pile, where they can decompose.