Businesses across Essex & Suffolk are being urged to save water and help reduce their bills during the hot weather.  

Essex & Suffolk Water is advising business owners and employees to check that their properties are prepared and ready for the heatwave in order to save water and avoid any hidden leaks. 


Advice issued by the water company includes locating stop taps in case of emergencies and having contacts of a local plumber on hand.  


Although the country is heating up, businesses such as holiday parks and leisure sites in particular are being asked to be mindful of their water usage by doing simple things such as turning off the sprinklers and checking their pipework for leaks. 


Colin Day, Head of Service Water Planning at Essex & Suffolk Water said: “All pipework within your business boundary is your responsibility – which means it is absolutely worth protecting it to avoid unnecessary costs. 


“When it gets hotter the ground moves, meaning there is more of a risk of things such as bursts and leaks happening – so it doesn’t matter what your business is, the risks of a burst pipe still apply, and there are so many easy things that you can do to help minimise this. 


“As well as using water wisely, business owners can help themselves by getting familiar with the location of the internal stopcock and pipework.” 


Essex & Suffolk Water’s Warm Weather Checklist for Businesses:


  • Check you have a plan for where your pipework is.
  • Have a contact for a local plumber to hand.
  • Have a copy of your insurance documentation.
  • Check you know where your stopcock and any control valves are, so any leaks can be isolated.
  • Check the stopcock and valves are working.
  • Regularly check your premises and repair any leaks.
  • Use water wisely where you can by doing simple things such as switching off sprinklers and using watering cans.
  • Reduce non-essential water use as much as possible.
  • If you are refilling your own on site storage, please minimise this during hot weather periods.

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