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Southern Water urges businesses to run their taps until clear following the Covid-19 lockdown



As we transition to new a new phase of daily life and work, businesses, offices and workshops that have been closed for weeks are being urged by Southern Water to run their taps until clear and feels cold.

This is crucial in removing any stagnant water and further details about this have now been published by the water provider here.

Head of Water Quality and Compliance at Southern Water, Guy Franklin, said:
“We continue to live in unprecedented times and as key workers we’ve been working hard to keep water and wastewater services flowing over the last few months.

“Now lockdown restrictions are easing, and communities start to return to a form of normality, we ask our customers and businesses to be mindful when using any water appliances. Please follow the guidance on the web page listed above.

“We thank everyone for their patience and understanding as we continued are essential works during the lockdown.”
Southern Water also say that want to remind customers to ensure that if any plumbers are required, that they are approved under the WaterSafe scheme.

More information about using water from taps and appliances after a period of inactivity can be found via Water UK at:

The numbers of sewer blockages during the lockdown also increased amid panic-buying for toiletries in March, however Southern Water say they now face a new challenge as their customers and businesses return to a new normal.

Southern Water said:

“Before and during lockdown, we’ve led the way in helping our customers and businesses fully grasp the dangers of flushing kitchen roll, wet wipes and other inappropriate items down their loos that are meant for the bin.

But as nearly 30,000 business across our region start to open their doors again, it’s crucial our simple steps on preventing blockages are followed.

Fat, oil, grease and unflushable items are not meant for our sewers. Blockages can lead to sewage flooding in homes, businesses and greatly affect lives. But with your help, they can be prevented.”

More advice is available here.


Furniture Village opens its doors in Crawley’s County Oak Retail Park



Crawley welcomes Furniture Village who will open a brand-new store in County Oak retail park this Boxing Day.

The new location offers a Carpetright concession, providing a one-stop-shop for customers looking to update their homes.

Visitors to the new Furniture Village store will be invited to create their ‘home in one’, by exploring collections for every room of the house, from sofas to beds to dining.

Charlie Harrison, Commercial Director at Furniture Village, comments:

“With much of the UK under lockdown, I’m delighted we’ve been able to open our new store in Crawley. County Oak is a fantastic shopping destination and the ideal choice for Furniture Village.

“It’s been a challenging year for everyone, but I am incredibly proud of the Furniture Village team which continues to offer industry-leading quality, choice and service. As well as Family Retailer of the Year, we’ve also been awarded National Bed Retailer of the Year so I’m particularly looking forward to welcoming customers to our new bed department.”

The store will see a team of 11 expert sales consultants offering valuable insights and advice to customers, all made possible thanks to enhanced Covid-19 safety measures.

These include temperature checks, PPE for all staff and hand sanitisation stations, along with an appointment booking system which can be accessed via the website.

Charlie Harrison, Commercial Director at Furniture Village, adds:

“Customer safety is still, and will continue to be, a priority for us. The feedback from all of our existing stores continues to be overwhelmingly positive, with the appointment booking system providing reassurance and exceptional service for customers.”

The store will open at 9am on Saturday 26th December 2020. Opening offers include Sale discounts of up to 50% plus an additional £50 off every £500 spent.

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