The nation's biggest chocolate supplier has halted production after the Beast from the East has cause problems at their Bourneville site in Birmingham. Cadbury’s have announced they have been forced to stop producing chocolate because water pipes have burst as they continue to thaw from the sub zero temperatures brought on by the snow and blizzards of last week. A number of pipes at the site have burst and Severn Trent were forced to cut the water supply, meaning the decision was taken to halt production. Fans of the chocolate treats shouldn't worry yet though, because the company has said that their chocolate supply is ‘not immediately effected’. Severn Trent are reporting a 4,000% increase in reports of burst pipes after Storm Emma swept across the UK, so Cadbury are just one of many companies feeling the squeeze.
Jaguar Land Rover has also had to temporarily stop production and have sent all staff from their Solihull plant home. Severn Trent said: ‘Due to the recent thaw we’ve experienced, our teams are dealing with a huge number of burst pipes across our region which is putting pressure on our network. As well as bringing in extra teams and tankers, and ramping up production at our treatment works so we can continue to keep schools, hospitals, homes and vulnerable customers on supply, we’ve worked closely with Jaguar Land Rover to manage their water usage, which helps us prioritise household supplies.’
Prominent water companies have taken to the internet to issue a joint statement asking people to avoid 'unnecessary use' , with Thames Water, South East Water, Southern Water and Affinity Water rallying together to recommend best practice: ‘"We’ve seen an increase in leaks and bursts on our network, which we are urgently dealing with as fast as we possibly can. We are getting as much extra water into our network as we can and sincerely apologise to all our customers who are currently without water or who have low pressure. Right now we really need our customers’ support and understanding to help us to get everyone back into supply quickly by avoiding non-essential uses of water, having a shower instead of a bath for example, for the time being."