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A group of specially trained canines in the United Kingdom is assisting the environment while assisting energy companies conserve water. “It’s fantastic,” states Luke Jones, handler and codirector of CAPE SPC. Luke, in addition to Ross Stephenson, established the company in 2016, after serving in the British Army as dog handlers in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Their company is one of couple of in the world training and using dogs to seek an enormous issue: leaking underground water pipes. “We consider ourselves as pioneers in the location. We’ve developed a service, and the pets are doing the job,” Luke states.
Throughout the world, there are countless miles of below-ground pipelines owned by utility companies that carry drinking water from treatment plants to houses and organizations. In some cases pipelines leak or break due to age, rust or the ground freezing. However since pipelines are buried, it isn’t easy to trace exactly where the water is escaping.
Suppliers treat the water with chlorine to eliminate bacteria. The pet dogs are trained to “alert” when they smell the chemical, however it vaporizes rapidly, so the dogs should be extensive and exact. “It’s most likely among the hardest jobs to train a pet for,” Luke says. “You’ve got to be working, training and monitoring them continually, since the scent is constantly changing, however they do it extremely well.”