First leak detection dog celebrates birthday

Kep, Australia’s first leak detection dog, has celebrated her fourth birthday at Parliament House in Perth.

Since joining Water Corporation in 2018, Kep and handler Andrew Blair have surveyed 903 km of water mains and discovered 92 leaks, saving an estimated 880 million L of water. 

She marked her birthday with a lunch at Parliament House hosted by Water Minister Dave Kelly, who acknowledged the dog’s great work serving the public. 

“Leaks are a reality faced by water utilities around the world,” he said. 

“For Water Corporation, the challenge is all the more important given there are nearly 35,000 km of water mains in WA – enough to stretch across the country eight and a half times. 

“It’s incredible that Kep can sniff out a water leak buried deep underground and help save our precious water supplies. 

“I look forward to many more years of her being Water Corporation’s most loved employee.”  

Kep is an English springer spaniel whose name is the Noongar word for water.  

Water Corporation’s non-visible leak detection program inspected more than 3,700 km of water mains across WA last year, saving a potential 2.7 billion L of water. 

For more information visit the Water Corporation website.  

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