Anglian Water to recruit 200 staff to fix leaking pipes

Anglian Water is creating 200 jobs as it looks to tackle mains leaks across the region.

Thursday, 6th May 2021, 12:38 pm
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The water giant is seeking to hire new recruits for its growing team of leakage technicians and engineers.

The roles, which will include assistant technicians, leakage technicians and engineers, will be advertised over the next two months.

The action comes as Anglian Water as part of an ongoing drive to make leak repairs a priority.

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It is investing £77 million over five years to reduce leakage and the company says that last year it saved enough water to fill 10 Olympic swimming pools every day.

Four years ago, Anglian Water, which has its headquarters in Huntingdon and supplies water to 4.3 million people, became the first water company to use thermal imaging drones to pinpoint hard to find leaks.

Since then the company harnessed satellite imagery, naval hydrophones and fibre optic technology to find and fix leaks.

Since privatisation in 1989, Anglian Water has reduced leaks by 38 per cent – despite putting a third more water into its network to meet the needs of a growing population.

Sean McCarthy, head of leakage for Anglian Water, said: “We’re already one of the leading employers in the region and we’re delighted we can provide these jobs after such a difficult 12 months, living through the Covid pandemic.

“We’re looking for people who want to join our team of dedicated staff and help us tackle one of our biggest challenges as a business.

“We hate leaks as much as our customers do, and have been leading the water industry on driving down leakage, with half as many leaks on average, as any other water company in the UK.

“Because we’ve achieved so much already, our job is now harder than ever.

“We’ve tackled the quick wins, the easy to find leaks, and we’re now in the realms of using the latest technology to help us find much smaller leaks before they’re even visible to the naked eye. It’s a big challenge and a really exciting time to be expanding our leakage army to help us meet these tough targets.”

Available vacancies and application forms can be found online at