Leak-detecting sniffer dogs could soon be a familiar tool for water firms after the handlers behind United Utilities’ sniffer dog Snipe said they are training up five more dogs.
United Utilities’ leak-detecting dog Snipe can detect traces of chlorine used to disinfect water supplies, saving engineers time searching for leaking pipes and helping them bring down the amount of water lost to leaking infrastructure.
Snipe is now training an apprentice, fellow Cocker Spaniel Denzel, to help sniff out water coming from leaking pipes across vast areas of the North West.
Pest control company Cape SPC owns the dogs and is now training more, as it believes other water firms will want to use the pups’ super sensitive noses.
Cape SPC chief executive Ross Stevenson said: “We’ve got dogs on the back burner ready for other water companies who want to get on board with it.”
Around 3bn.l of water is lost to leaking infrastructure each day in England, piling pressure on a system which could see the country facing water shortages by 2050.
United Utilities is also using drones to spot leaks from above.