YORKSHIRE Water says help is available to Keighley-district householders struggling to pay their bills.

The company is raising awareness of several support schemes it operates – and which last year gave assistance to more than 56,000 customers.

In addition last year, Yorkshire Water provided over 10,000 ‘payment holidays’ to people with financial worries related to the pandemic.

Angie Markham-Nock, for Yorkshire Water, said: “We know it’s a challenging time for everyone at the moment and the last thing we want anybody worrying about is how they’ll pay their water bill.

“During the Covid-19 pandemic, people have been spending lots of time in their homes, using more water as a result. To aid customers with reducing their usage, there are water-saving packs and lots of tips available on our website.

“If customers are concerned that there may be a leak, they can run a number of checks. If the property has a metered supply, check by turning off all taps in the house and making sure that no water is going into cisterns or storage tanks. Then read the meter. Leave the water turned off for between a quarter of an hour and an hour, then read the meter again. If the second reading is higher than the first, there may be a leak."

For further information and tips, visit yorkshirewater.com.