San Francisco’s Department of Public Works has announced that it is launching a “poop patrol” next month, and a soft launch this week, to help rid the city’s streets of human feces.
The city’s rampant unsanitary conditions have earned it the nickname “San Fransicko“.
Local ABC News affiliate ABC 7, reported that since the start of the year, the city’s 311 service has received 14,597 calls about piles of human waste and dog feces.
“I’ve had to deal with it myself, in front of my home and it is not a pleasant feeling,” newly inaugurated Mayor London Breed said.
“I want to change San Francisco for the better,” Breed to ABC 7. “I want to clean up the city.”
San Francisco will reportedly spend about $750,000 in taxpayer funds to run the “poop patrol,” which will have a dedicated staff of six workers and two trucks. These workers will reportedly roam the city looking for locations where excrement has been deposited.
“We actually have data for neighborhoods where we get frequent calls,” Mohammed Nuru, San Francisco’s Director of Public Works, said.
In addition to ramping up these “poop patrols,” the city will reportedly extend hours at some of its 22 public toilets, which are called “pit stops”.
Last month, San Francisco lost the contract to hold a medical convention for a major medical association after a 20-pound bag of feces was dumped on a sidewalk in the city.
The unnamed, Chicago-based medical association’s decision to hold tits convention elsewhere left city with a $40 million loss.
The convention business reportedly brings in approximately $2 billion in revenues for San Francisco annually.
In 2015 alone, there were reportedly “at least 250 pieces of human solid waste were reported on Sycamore Street, Mission Street and Clarion Alley.”