Halo and Danny trained to sniff out wa­ter leaks

Gatton Star - - LIFE -

IN A Queens­land first, two four-legged furry re­cruits will be used by Queens­land Ur­ban Util­i­ties to sniff out un­der­ground wa­ter leaks.

Springer spaniels Halo and Danny grad­u­ated last week af­ter more than eight months of rig­or­ous training and are now ready to get down to busi­ness.

Queens­land Ur­ban Util­i­ties spokes­woman Michelle Cull said the duo’s su­per sen­si­tive noses would be an in­valu­able as­set.

The dogs will take part in a num­ber of trials across the Queens­land Ur­ban Util­i­ties ser­vice re­gion, which cov­ers Bris­bane, Ip­swich, Scenic Rim, Lock­yer Val­ley and Somerset.

“We have more than 9000km of wa­ter pipes in our net­work and some of these pipes are lo­cated in dense bush­land, so it can be dif­fi­cult to de­tect a leak,” she said.

“Halo and Danny are trained to sniff out the chlo­rine in potable wa­ter and are par­tic­u­larly ef­fec­tive in bush­land, where it can be dif­fi­cult for us to ac­cess.”

The dogs are an ex­tra mea­sure to track down leaks, along­side tech­nol­ogy such as lis­ten­ing de­vices and sen­sors.

“It’s im­por­tant we con­tinue to ex­plore new and in­no­va­tive meth­ods of de­tect­ing hid­den leaks,” Ms Cull said.

“What makes Halo and Danny so im­pres­sive is they are able to dif­fer­en­ti­ate be­tween wa­ter leak­ing from a pipe un­der­ground and all other types of wa­ter on the sur­face.

“Once the dogs de­tect a po­ten­tial leak, we will send our field crews to in­ves­ti­gate and re­pair it.”

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

DOGGED WORK: QUU Spokesper­son Michelle Cull and han­dler Den­nis Gan­n­away with Halo and Danny.

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