Be vigilant against more frozen pipes

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Business Stream, Scotland’s largest non-domestic water supplier, has warned Aberdeenshire businesses and public sector bodies to be vigilant against frozen pipes and flooding after 2011’s mild winter.

The snow which fell over the weekend was a warning shot to businesses, according to Business Stream, which responded to 1200 emergency calls in 2010 from Scottish organisations suffering the impact of frozen and burst pipes.

Ian Hewson, water and waste water solutions manager at Business Stream, said there was a chance 2011’s mild winter could have lessened the urgency with which businesses approached planning for the colder months. He outlined that frozen and burst pipes could cause businesses severe financial problems through lost trading and clean-up costs.

Business Stream has created a winter alerts text messaging service, which any business or organisation can sign up to and receive alerts when freezing temperatures are forecast.

Ian said: “The problems caused by 2010’s big freeze were very prominent in the run-up to winter last year, which didn’t really materialise in any significant way. This year there are severe cold spells forecast and the heavy snowfall in Aberdeenshire could be a sign of things to come.

“The good news is that it’s relatively easy to protect against frozen pipes, but businesses and public bodies have to make sure they know what to do and when to take action so as not to be caught out again.”