Puppy has nose for leaks
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.