Meet the four-legged detectives inspecting your water

RAVEN SANTANA / NJTV NEWS – Since 2016, over 565 acres of the Navesink River in Fair Haven was prohibited from harvesting shellfish due to high levels of human waste being detected.

“We treat 4.4 billion gallons of sewage a year. We have about 200 miles of pipe we maintain. We send a robot in at least once every five years to inspect from the inside,” said Michael Gianforte, executive director of the Two Rivers Water Reclamation Authority. “We also use lasers and sonar to just see the condition of the pipes. But the use of the dogs was interesting because it’s actually results-oriented because it’s out in the stream, walking up where we might have an influence.” …

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