Canines have unique olfactory systems that can smell odors at concentrations of at least
100 million times lower than humans can and distinguish the elements of one odor from
those of another odor. That's why they have been used for many years for important
scenting jobs, such as bomb detection, arson detection, drug detection, and search and
rescue. The role of scenting canines is growing and now includes the ability to detect
important scents such as cancer, diabetes, bed bugs, mold, gas leaks, endangered animals,
invasive plants and animals, an now sewage! Video: How Dogs See With Their Noses
The pathogens in sewage discharged into our waterways from leaking sewer lines, failing septic systems, and illicit pipe connections can harm the health of humans who swim, boat, and fish there, as well as harm the animals and marine life in and around the water. Many times, the sources of the discharges are under ground, under water, or otherwise undetectable with human sight and smell. But CANINES CAN SMELL WHAT WE CAN'T SEE OR SMELL. Through ECS, canines have become an important part of human pathogen pollution detection and elimination programs.
ECS Canines as an Important Resource to Improve Water Quality
Contact: Karen Reynolds, President
Phone: (517) 282-5493
Environmental Canine Services (ECS) is a unique company that uses scent detection canines to detect and source track illicit discharges of sewage
that pollute surface waters. These discharges may be
caused by leaking sewer lines, illicit pipe connections, direct discharges, or failing septic systems. Our work helps improve water quality for the health of humans, animals, and the environment. Canine
sewage detection methods are a complimentary tool
to traditional methods such as laboratory testing.
The canines instantly distinguish human from animal waste sources, can locate or isolate human sources rapidly, and are very cost effective. In addition, we
are proud that most of our canines are rescued
or adopted and they all are doing something
they love for the sake of the environment!