Major British brands including Cadbury’s and Jaguar Land Rover have been forced to shut their factories, as they become the latest victims of the national water shortage.
Production of Cadbury’s Bourneville chocolate ceased as the Birmingham-based plant in which it is made lost water supply, its US owner Mondalez confirmed. Hours later it said it had regained limited water supply meaning some production had been resumed.
Supplies of chocolate will not be immediately impacted as Cadbury’s has a large volume of back-up stock, however it is not yet known when full production will start again.
Jaguar Land Rover has also been forced to temporarily close two of its main UK plants as a result of water disruptions caused by the recent snowstorms.
Its Solihull plant in the West Midlands has temporarily shut and its Castle Bromwich plant in Birmingham will also close from Tuesday morning, a spokesman said. The situation is being “closely monitored” but it remains unknown when either will reopen.
A water shortage is sweeping the UK because the recent snow thawed particularly quickly, water firms have said, leading to burst pipes.
Meanwhile it emerged that households across the UK who are left without water amid the ongoing shortage will be entitled to as little as £20 in compensation.
Residents who have found themselves without working toilets, showers and sinks have felt forced into spending hundreds of pounds to stay in hotels, while others have been forced to stay off work or hire costly childcare because schools are closed.
Under Ofwat the water regulator’s official redress scheme, households are entitled to minimum automatic compensation of £20, plus £10 for every further day they are without water.
Thames Water, the worst affected supplier, said it would not provide any further compensation for residents who had chosen to stay in hotels unless their home was damaged.
It pays standard compensation of £30 plus £10 per day households are without water. Cllr Iain Simpson of Lambeth, one of the worst affected areas in the UK, said: “It’s hard to imagine that £50 is adequate compensation for all they [residents] have suffered and the expenses they may have incurred, especially vulnerable older residents or those with young children.
“Lambeth cabinet members have already written to Michael Gove calling for an inquiry into how Thames Water has handled this situation. Any inquiry should also look at compensation for our residents, who have been left suffering while Thames Water made a record £638m in pre-tax profit last year.”
Meanwhile in Cumbria some villages are still completely isolated after being snowed in by Storm Emma, and have had to burn their furniture in order to keep warm.
A resident of the Cumbrian village of Nenthead explained snowdrifts, which still have not melted, have remained so severe that some are resorting to desperate measures.
Laura Seaton, 38, said: “We’ve got a hell of a lot of houses that have been completely and utterly cut off, to the point where they had to be dug out just to get out of their front door, because the drifts that have been up there have been quite incredible.”
Article Source : https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/03/05/water-shortage-now-factories-including-cadburys-jaguar-land/