The new program will include a team of six people using pressure washers and steam cleaners to scrub away the feces, according to San Francisco Public Works spokesperson Rachel Gordon. The “Poop Patrol” — “I guess that is its official name,” Gordon said — will begin work in September, focusing on areas that have generated high numbers of complaints about sidewalk poop.
“We know that there’s a problem and people want it cleaned up,” Gordon told BuzzFeed News Tuesday.
The scope of the problem is actually quite staggering. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the city’s public works department has received 14,597 complaints about feces just since Jan. 1. The situation received renewed attention last month after a 20-pound bag of human feces was discovered sitting on a sidewalk, prompting multiple complaints to the department.