South Yorkshire dog walkers urged to clean up after pets

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Yorkshire dog walkers are being urged to clean up after their pets and help solve a problem that costs Yorkshire Water over £25,000 a year.

As one of Yorkshire’s biggest landowners, the company is faced with paying to keep their paths, car parks and picnic areas clear of dog mess.

And despite deploying dog bins and marshals to help enforce countryside byelaws at some of its 120 recreational sites right across the region, the company says it is still faced with having to clear up the mess left behind by irresponsible dog owners.

Geoff Lomas, Recreation and Catchment Manager at Yorkshire Water, said: “The problem of dogs fouling our land is a real and current issue that effects many people.

“Our teams managing the water reservoirs and the assets that supply the region’s drinking water encounter this health risk on a daily basis.

“Customers wishing to experience the beauty of our land and countryside have their visits spoiled as they look to avoid dog mess or are unfortunate enough to pick some up on their shoes and clothes or the wheels on bikes, pushchairs and wheelchairs.”

Offenders could be banned from the area, issued with a formal caution or prosecuted.