Sewage City USA

Image of downtown Dallas, Texas in fog.

Photo by Erica Eason-Hall, co-owner of Sgt Poopers

Hidden in the middle of North Central Texas is a city with a population of 1.2 million. It’s as large as the city of Dallas itself, but without a single flushing toilet. Imagine, a metropolis proportionate to the 9th largest city in the United States but completely devoid of any sewage system other than “the backyard.”

Unfortunately, the story is not fiction. The catch: this city’s inhabitants all walk on four legs: dogs. And every day they deposit more than 900,000 pounds of solid waste that directly contaminates ground water and washes—untreated—into our local creeks and lakes every time it rains or whenever your sprinkler system turns on. In other words, the “Don’t Mess with Texas” slogan is being violated in the worst possible way.

Dog waste is much more than a nuisance and a breeding ground for flies, roaches and rats. Just like human sewage, untreated fecal matter from dogs is harmful to waterways. Rain washes dog waste and the associated disease-causing organisms, including giardia and salmonella, into lakes, streams, and the Trinity River via storm drains. Per the EPA,

"Pets, particularly dogs, are significant contributors to source water contamination. Studies performed on watersheds in the Seattle, Washington, area found that nearly 20 percent of the bacteria found in water samples were matched with dogs as the host animals."

Image of Dallas, Texas landmarks in fog.

Dallas landmarks — Pegasus, Reunion Tower, Margaret Hunt-Hill Bridge
(Photo by Erica Eason-Hall, co-owner of Sgt Poopers)

Enough bacteria make water unsafe for drinking and swimming. In fact, pet waste left anywhere is a public health risk. Pet waste on playing fields, sidewalks, or parks can contain worms and contagious diseases. Again, to quote the EPA,

"Probably the greatest health concern associated with animal wastes is pathogens. Many pathogens found in animal waste can infect humans if ingested. Organisms such as Cryptosporidium, Giardia lamblia, and Salmonella can induce symptoms ranging from skin sores to chest pain. E. coli, which causes diarrhea and abdominal gas, has been the source of disease outbreaks in several States. Particularly virulent strains of E. coli can cause serious illness and fatalities. Cryptosporidium is of particular concern because it is highly resistant to disinfection with chlorine. This protozoan causes gastrointestinal illness lasting two to ten days in healthy individuals but can be fatal in people with weakened immune systems. Dog and cat droppings often contain roundworms and other parasitic nematodes. Infection by just a few roundworms usually causes no problems, but more severe infections may cause fevers, bronchitis, asthma, or vision problems. Cat feces may contain toxoplasmosis, a parasite that infects humans and other animals. Cats are the only animals known to excrete toxoplasmosis cysts, which are resistant to most disinfectants. Toxoplasmosis is a serious health concern for pregnant women and immuno-compromised individuals."

Even at home, responsible pet owners should bag pet waste and put it in the trash where it will be contained in a landfill. This prevents water pollution associated with bacteria-laden waste. Preventing dog fecal matter from entering the watershed means a healthier and safer community for everyone. And the ripple effects from that will improve life throughout the entire region. This is our Texas. Let’s keep it beautiful.

Watch our fast-paced video demonstration to learn more.


Sgt. Poopers graphic from our original 2008 website.

A backyard contaminated by dog waste is no walk in the park! Our procedures and protocols are designed to protect and conserve the most precious parkland of all — the one you call home. It’s like having a park ranger for your own backyard which is why we say, “We treat your yard like a National Park!” 

Sgt. Poopers invites you to go green "with a little help from your friends." We're a conservation company, so our protocols are based on the principles of conservation. Our approach is common-sense, holistic, always safe, and 100% effective. Our methodology works and you will see immediate results. On top of everything else, no contract is required. We do not use toxic chemistry that can harm people or pets. We restore the balance of nature and make living environments safe for you, children, pets, and beneficial insects like honeybees and butterflies. Please tour our website to learn more. If you have any questions, please call us today at (214) 563-6379. For your convenience, you may also request services from this site.

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Steve Hall
CEO & President, Sgt. Poopers
Conservation Advocate

We would like to thank you for your interest in Sgt. Poopers. We look forward to serving you in the near future!

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