Meet Snipe, the UK’s first water sniffer dog
United Utilities has recruited the pup to help pinpoint problem pipes in rural areas where the water does not always show on the surface. He has been specially-trained in finding leaking water mains
The 16-month old cocker spaniel was a stray rescued in Ireland before he was headhunted to begin his training for the north west water company.
Snipe has been going through a rigorous training programme to help him learn how to recognise the tiniest traces of chlorine used to disinfect water supplies. Next he will learn how to put this into practice in a live environment, working with the... read more
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