Puppy has nose for leaks

The West Australian - - NEWS - Claire Tyrrell

She is more than just an adorable face — the four-month-old English springer spaniel is trained to de­tect leaks in un­der­ground wa­ter pipes.

WA’s Wa­ter Cor­po­ra­tion has just re­cruited the puppy, mak­ing it the first in Aus­tralia to use snif­fer dogs for this pur­pose.

Wa­ter Cor­po­ra­tion spokes­women Clare Lu­gar said the puppy, which is yet to be named, could broaden the scope of the util­ity’s leak de­tec­tion.

“A dog can de­tect leaks in ar­eas where tra­di­tional meth­ods are un­suit­able, due to lack of fit­tings for acous­tic meth­ods, the pipes be­ing too small for in­ser­tion type or where hu­man ac­cess is dif­fi­cult,” she said.

“We man­age more than 34,000km of wa­ter mains across 2.6 mil­lion sqkm of WA, mak­ing us the largest wa­ter util­ity in the world in terms of the ge­o­graph­i­cal area ser­viced.

“This is why we are al­ways look­ing for new and in­no­va­tive ways to de­tect leaks and save wa­ter.”

The puppy is un­der­go­ing a rig­or­ous 12-week train­ing pro­gram in NSW, af­ter which she will be de­ployed full time in WA.

She will start work on about 1000km of mains pipes in Dal­wallinu, Pithara, Won­gan Hills, Gooma­lling and Dow­erin.

Wa­ter Cor­po­ra­tion is run­ning a com­pe­ti­tion on its Face­book page to name the puppy.

Names to choose from are Splash, Piper, Brooke, River and Kep. Vot­ing closes on Wed­nes­day.

The un­named leak de­tec­tion dog.

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