Western Isles businesses advised to water winter-fit

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Businesses in the Western Isles are being encouraged to safeguard their water systems ahead of the festive period and the first quarter of 2016 – typically the coldest time of year.

A new guide from Business Stream, Scotland’s leading supplier of non-domestic water, sets out 12 essential actions which businesses should take before the winter freeze hits.

With many businesses either facing their busiest period or a holiday shutdown, the step-by-step guide has been produced to help firms save both money and hassle.

Last year’s winter, while not nearly the coldest on record, is still estimated to have cost the UK economy £2.5bn, according to a report from the Centre for Economics and Business Research, and some long-range forecasts are predicting a severe winter for the UK this year, with heavy snowfall and frosty conditions anticipated.

The 12 steps, which are described in more detail in a guide available from Business Stream’s website, are:

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!”