Yorkshire Water has unveiled a multi-million pound investment package to improve its supply to customers, a move its boss said will create 300 new jobs and make the region a more attractive proposition for investors.
The Bradford-based utilities supplier said it wants to become a top performer in the water sector and as such is investing in new roles and technologies to identify leaks and other disruptions before they occur.
The business has set itself ambitious targets to reduce sewage escapes causing pollution by 40 per cent, incidents resulting in internal sewer flooding by 70 per cent and the average interruption to water supply to fall by two thirds.
Yorkshire Water chief executive Richard Flint told the YEP: “We want an invisible service.
“Customers have busy lives. Clean water is just a basic thing that people need in order to run their lives. Equally it is great for the economy.”
The recruitment drive will open up opportunities for 50 leakage inspectors, engineers, sewer technicians and data scientists and analysts at Yorkshire Water and its contract partners.
There will also be a significant investment in technology. Around 15,000 ‘acoustic ears’ will be installed at key locations in its water network, helping to listen to the flow of water and detect leaks faster within just three hours.
The use of drones and satellite imaging from space will improve the detection of underground leaks.