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

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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: https://www.water.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/WUK-briefing-note-on-recovering-drinking-water-supplies-in-buildings-and-networks.pdf

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.

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Crawley businesses take out over £90m in loans to survive COVID-19

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Statistics released by the Government have revealed the true extent of lending taken up by businesses across Crawley.

According to a release from the office of Crawley’s MP Henry SMith, businesses across Crawley have benefitted from £92,721,494 worth of loans since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak.

This includes 1,724 Bounce Back Loans worth £51,495,006 and 102 loans at a value of £41,226,488 through the Coronavirus Business Interruption Scheme.

The number is part of the vast number that have been taken out throughout the whole of the south east of England, where a total of 175,946 Bounce Back Loans, worth £5,269,988,799, and 9,026 Coronavirus Business Interruption Loans, worth £2,154,703,689, have been provided to support businesses across all sectors, protecting jobs and livelihoods.

Crawley MP Henry Smith said;

“This year has been hugely challenging for businesses in Crawley, but these latest figures demonstrate the scale of support that the Government has put in place to protect livelihoods and businesses.

“Never has the Government’s agenda to level up the whole county been so important. I’ll continue to focus on supporting hardworking families across Crawley.”

With cases still rising and worries that more areas across the country may enter tighter restricttions, the Chancellor has also announced that the Government’s Job Support Scheme will be expanded to protect jobs and support businesses required to close their doors as a result of coronavirus restrictions, alongside increasing the cash grants to businesses in England required to shut in local lockdowns to support with fixed costs – worth up to £3,000 per month.

So far, the Government has provided over £200 billion throughout its economic response to coronavirus to support jobs and businesses in the UK.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, commented;

“Our support for businesses and workers has provided a lifeline to employers up and down the country, supporting people to stay in jobs and protecting livelihoods. “We will build on this as we move to the next stage of our recovery through the Winter Economy Plan, which will continue to protect jobs and help businesses through the months ahead.”

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