Central Arkansas Water

Sarah Kellogg- KUAR News / KUAR

Central Arkansas Water has a new tool to detect leaks in its distribution system. The company unveiled Vessel, the nation’s first water leak detection dog, during a news conference on Tuesday. Vessel, a black Labrador mix, has undergone training to detect leaks in the water distribution system.

According to Central Arkansas Water CEO Tad Bohannon, unaccounted water rates for the company are around 11% or 12%. While the "gold standard" from the American Water Works Association is around 9%, Bohannon had a greater goal of reducing it to 5%.