03 Jan Denzel The Sniffer Dog helps Essex & Suffolk Water stop leaks
What has four legs, wet nose, and absolutely loves stopping leaks???
Essex & Suffolk Water’s newest team member and secret weapon when it comes to the battle against leakage, that’s who!
Denzel, a three-year-old old springer spaniel, is being drafted into the Essex & Suffolk Water leakage detection team to help sniff out and locate leaks on the water company’s pipe network.
Denzel has been through a rigorous training programme with his handlers Luke Jones and Ross Stephenson of CAPE SPC. Luke and Ross are both ex-military dog trainers and have trained him to recognise the tiniest traces of chlorine used to disinfect water supplies.
They have also trained Denzel’s colleague Snipe, a two-year-old cocker spaniel who works in partnership with Denzel on a daily basis.
Denzel searches land where the water pipes are laid and when he thinks he’s picked up the scent of a leak he alerts his handlers and the detection teams and they can carry out further investigation to hopefully find and fix the leaks.