The utility company is aiming to hire around 70 new leakage inspectors as it looks to plug the volume of water leaked from its pipe network by 40% by 2025.
The Yorkshire water supplier has already hired 40 new leakage inspectors and up to 30 more will be recruited over the coming months to help shore up the company’s infrastructure.
After the final thirty roles have been filled, the Yorkshire Water will employ a total team of 230 leakage inspectors who, together with an additional team of 113 field technicians, deal with an average of leaks per day to help protect water supplies across the region.
The firm has had to respond and repair over 2,300 water mains since November alone, with the recent freezing temperatures of winter contributing to an increased number of bursts and cracks occurring.
The new leakage inspectors will work for Yorkshire Water and leakage detection specialist consultancy RPS, which is contracted to Yorkshire Water.
These inspectors will be positioned throughout Yorkshire and operate seven days a week including night work.
Over the last five years, the firm has had to repair an average of 5,400 water mains per annum.
By embracing cutting-edge technology including drones, satellites and ‘’acoustic ears’, the firm hopes cut its leakage rate by a significant 40%.
Andrew Roach, Yorkshire Water ‘s newly appointed head of water distribution said: “As we drive towards our challenging leakage reduction target the new inspectors form a key part of our vital front-line teams who tackle leakage 24/7 in all weathers.
“Our ambitious targets will deliver benefits for our customers and the environment. We will also need the help of the people of Yorkshire to ensure we find leaks quickly, enabling our teams to carry out efficient repairs.”
In what is believed to be a first in the industry, Yorkshire Water is considering adopting an “open data” approach, allowing the growing Yorkshire-based community of independent data scientists to secure access to its data streams.
This will enable the company to work with digital developers to help find solutions to pollution and leakages.
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