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News Centre > Tuesday 12 January 2021

Guernsey Water asks customers to be ready for winter

Are you winter ready?

Guernsey Water is encouraging Islanders to take particular care of pipework during the winter months to avoid problems caused by the harsher weather.

The local utility is issuing its annual advice to customers to make the necessary precautions as both the Island's network and private properties become more susceptible to leaks and bursts due to lower temperatures, heavy rainfall and natural ground movement.

Islanders are being asked to insulate pipes and outside taps, to help prevent leaks and bursts as well as ensuring internal stop taps are turned off if properties are empty over winter.

Jon Holt, Operations Manager at Guernsey Water, said: "Winter care is essential to prevent damage to pipework that may be caused by colder temperatures or heavy rainfall which causes ground movement. When the temperature drops, water in pipes can freeze and expand; this can cause pipes to fracture or force joints to part.

"We are recommending Islanders ensure they are winter ready by taking precautions to reduce the risk of bursts, leaks and potential flood damage."

Although the utility does not carry out work on private properties, Guernsey Water's Distribution team works across the Island to repair mains bursts and leaks, of which they see an increase in through winter months.

Mr Holt added that knowing the location of internal stopcocks and checking they're in working order can allow islanders to ensure they are able to shut off their water quickly and help protect properties from sustaining flood damage should they experience a burst or leak.

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