Ardsley Reservoir named one of worst in country for dog fouling

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Ardsley Reservoir has been named as one of the worst in the country for dog fouling, according to Yorkshire Water.

The revelation has prompted the company to join a major campaign run by national charity Keep Britain Tidy to tackle dog fouling at a number of its reservoir sites.

We welcome visitors to our land but we ask that everyone acts responsibly and with consideration to other users.

The company is displaying ‘We’re watching you’ posters, which feature a large pair of eyes visible after dark and use innovative, cutting-edge materials, that ‘charge up’ during the day to glow in the dark at night.

The ‘We’re watching you’ campaign was launched this week to target irresponsible dog owners, with recent research showing that dog walkers are more responsible and pick up after their dogs when they think that they are being watched.

Research suggested that dog fouling tends to occur at night time and during the winter months, as some dog owners feel that they can’t be seen under the cover of darkness.As one of Yorkshire’s biggest landowners, Yorkshire Water is faced with paying over £15,000 a year to keep their paths, picnic sites and car parks clean of the dog mess so it’s safe for walkers, visitors, employees and contractors to use.

Alastair Harvey, Recreation Advisor at Yorkshire Water said; “We know that the vast majority of dog owners are responsible and pick up after their dogs and dispose of the poo bags correctly, either in the nearest bin or by taking it home to dispose of in their own household bins.”

“However, a minority of owners don’t so dog fouling on our land is a real issue that affects many people.

“We’re delighted to join this campaign to try and change the behaviour of that minority.

“We welcome visitors to our land but we ask that everyone acts responsibly and with consideration to other users.

“We ask dog owners to pick up and bin responsibly any fouling by their dog and also keep dogs on leads.”

Phil Barton, Chief Executive of Keep Britain Tidy said “We are pleased that Yorkshire Water has joined our campaign. Yorkshire Water is the first water company to display our posters and we are sure they will help to reduce dog fouling at their beautiful recreational sites.”