Xylem warns of further flooding

Xylem warns of further flooding

As an island nation we are susceptible to changing weather but that doesn’t mean we can’t be prepared, to some extent, for what comes our way. Here, Xylem calls for businesses and homeowners to be proactive rather than reactive when it comes to dealing with the aftermath of flooding.

Over the last few years the UK has faced unprecedented levels of rainfall, with 2015 marking the wettest December on record. Furthermore, in the first couple of weeks of 2017 the UK had in excess of 100 flood warnings, as well as flash floods throughout July. As we head towards the wet winter months, the threat, frequency and severity of floods is only expected to rise, meaning it will pay to be prepared and have a flood contingency plan in place now.

A flood contingency plan is a tailored document which lists all the equipment needed to mitigate the effects of flooding in your specific location, allowing the job to get underway quickly. To further streamline the process, additional details in the document include vital access information, directions and special considerations which assist the Emergency Team in order to arrive swiftly and well prepared, with a good prior knowledge of the site conditions.

“Without a flood contingency plan in place, many are leaving themselves open to the floodgates, quite literally.” says Kieran Gagg, Transport Growth Centre Manager Western Region at Xylem.

“In fact, taking the reactive stance and waiting until you are flooded to call for help means you are usually added to a long waiting list, when resources are already stretched. This often leaves the damage and disruption to continue for longer, escalating not only the length of the recovery procedure, but also the cost.

Kieran Gagg continued: “A Xylem Flood Contingency Plan provides all the assets needed to cover a flood emergency, from back up sewage pumping stations through to treatment plants and borehole water supplies.

“The main thing we offer customers is peace of mind. With a proactive Xylem Flood Contingency Plan in place, customers can rest assured that they are in safe hands and know exactly where to turn when flooding hits.”

With just one phone call, a customised solution will be immediately put into action, and the problem will be taken care of efficiently and effectively thanks to Xylem’s 24/7 Emergency Team and rapid response dewatering capabilities.

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