YORKSHIRE Water has launched a £28 million programme to reduce leaks from its pipeline network.

The aim is for a 15 per cent cut in leakage, by 2025.

New smart meters are being installed, which will monitor not only customer usage but also the wider network.

By analysing data, the company says it will be able to identify any changes in the system, enabling leaks to be located remotely and more quickly.

Also, pressure sensors are being placed at strategic locations, to help flag up any potential issues.

Adam Smith, manager of smart networks and metering transformation at Yorkshire Water, says: "We understand how frustrating it can be when there's a leak, and the knock-on effect this can have as we work to resolve and fix the issue.

"This new project will allow us to continuously monitor the flow pressure within the network and if there is a change, we’re one step ahead in identifying where in the system something is wrong and can fix it quickly.

"In the long term, this will reduce the number of burst water mains, which can cause disruption for customers."

All new housing developments in the region are having smart meters fitted as standard.