Businesses advised to get water supplies winter-fit

While last year’s winter wasn’t nearly the coldest on record, it’s still estimated to have cost the UK economy £2.5 billion

Businesses are being encouraged to safeguard their water systems ahead of the festive period and the first quarter of 2016 during what is typically the coldest time of year.
They’re being urged by Edinburgh-based Business Stream, a leading supplier of non-domestic water, to take heed of its new guide which sets out 12 essential actions businesses should take before the winter freeze sets in.12 TIPS FOR CHRISTMAS WINTER FIT GUIDE-page-001The firm says that, with many businesses either facing their busiest period or holiday shutdown, the step-by-step guide has been designed to help people save both money and hassle.
According to Business Stream, while last year’s winter wasn’t nearly the coldest on record, it’s still estimated to have cost the UK economy £2.5 billion, based on a report from the Centre of Economics and Business Research.
It says some long-range forecasts are predicting a severe winter for the UK this
year, with heavy snowfall and frosty conditions anticipated.
Business Stream’s 12 steps to a ‘healthy’ festive shutdown are: Layout 1
  1. Know your water system
  2. Create a contingency plan
  3. Make sure you’re insured
  4. Check your building for any signs of weakness
  5. Keep the heating on
  6. Secure valuable documents in a safe place
  7. Drain and shut off your system
  8. Check for leaks
  9. Pick a plumber
  10. Check your insulation
  11. Sign-up for weather updates
  12. Make sure you’re contactable
Dave Allin, head of Water Solutions at Business Stream, said:  “Anyone who experienced problems during the two severe cold snaps in 2010 will remember them well. While no-one knows for sure what will happen this year, we should all prepare for the worst, and our 12 days of Christmas guide sets out some simple steps that businesses can take to make sure they have an uneventful festive period – at least as far as water is concerned!”

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