Emergency water supplier Water Direct has issued a reminder to UK businesses of the importance of water supply contingency planning and making advance provision to meet increased demand, as it experiences its highest ever demand for water supply.
In the first three weeks of July alone, Water Direct delivered 8.2 million litres of emergency drinking water by tanker, a significant increase compared to the summer months of previous years. Demand for the delivery of emergency pallets of bottled water has also increased by 39% in comparison to July 2017 and sales of Aqube™ have risen by 119%.
It's great news for the company, which has invested heavily in emergency provision, including more than £2 million in its water tanker fleet over the last year, but with no end in sight to the heatwave, businesses need to be prepared and make plans in advance, explains Water Direct's Sven Parris.
"We expect to be operating around the clock at this level as long as the heatwave continues," explains Sven. "The UK water infrastructure has seen exceptional challenges this year due to extreme weather conditions.
"We have been lobbying for improved awareness of water contingency planning and we are seeing extreme examples of why it is so critical. At Water Direct we understand that regardless of the size or nature of your business premises, an interruption to water supply can have significant impact."
Water Direct's business continuity planning service WaterTight™ includes access to unique alternative supply solutions, priority delivery of emergency quality-assured water supply and consultation from the company's team of contingency planning experts.
"We often take water for granted until it's not there," says Sven. "So far during July we've provided support to prestigious sporting events for pitch irrigation, boosted supply to agricultural premises, hydrated construction sites and office blocks, and delivered additional drinking water for thirsty livestock among many others. Our commitment is to deliver quality assured water whenever and wherever it's needed, and the extreme heat has never made water supply more essential. We would urge water sensitive sites to get in touch with our team to talk about options in advance. Please don't turn a blind eye to the potential issues of a water supply interruption. Let's create open and transparent discussion around the subject of water as a critical business continuity theme."
In 2018, Water Direct has been recognised for its investment in business continuity planning in the Water Industry Awards and CIR Business Continuity Awards.
About Water Direct
With nationwide coverage, 24/7 service and the UK's only Nationwide Bottled Water Bank, Water Direct provides planned and emergency temporary water wherever and whenever it's needed.
Water Direct's services range from supporting utility companies experiencing an interruption due to a burst main or contamination to building sites in need of water for welfare or site processes or private individuals in need of a swimming pool fill.
Water Direct has been operating for 22 years. In 2017 alone, they delivered over 50 million litres of water to their customers.
Water Direct was one of the UK's earliest adopters of continuity planning, achieving ISO 22301:2012 by developing contingency planning for water loss.