The problem with storm drains is that other things go down the drain that are not supposed to. These include litter and animal waste. As the animal waste travels through a pipe, it gradually leads to our waterways. Because one gram of pet waste contains 23 million fecal coliform bacteria, it can suffocate aquatic animals, insects, and fish. As for humans, fecal coliform bacteria can cause pneumonia, abdominal pain, diarrhea, fevers, and possible vomiting.
One of two solutions that can help the problem of pet waste is scooping up the poop. Although scooping up the poop might be yucky and uncomfortable, it is the right thing to do. Bagging the waste and putting it in the trash does not take much effort. The waste goes to landfills instead of down storm drains. The other solution is to flush the waste down the toilet. When you flush your pet waste, make sure you carefully remove the waste from its bag before flushing it down. Once the waste has been flushed, you can throw out the bag.