Cadbury Chocolate Factory Forced To Halt Production Due To Water Shortage
Cadbury has shut its Midlands plant because of a shortage of water.
The nation's biggest chocolate company made the decision to halt production at the Bourneville factory after the water supplier, Severn Trent, said that it was going to have to cut the water supply off.
The BBC reports that Cadbury owner, Mondelez, confirmed there is no water supply to its manufacturing site but a spkesperson added: "Our supply of chocolate is not immediately impacted."
The recent severe weather has led to water companies pleading with people to use as little water as possible after supplies were badly hit.
The freeze has also led to a load of pipes burst from the cold and the rapid thaw. As well as hitting the chocolate industry, the Land Rover factory near Birmingham has also been closed down because of the shortage, as well as at JLR's Castle Bromwich site.
A spokesperson said: "Due to a water shortage caused by a burst water main, we have had to stop production this afternoon."
Severn Trent issued a statement that 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.
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"We've worked closely with Jaguar Land Rover which has agreed to stop production to help us target our supply."
12,000 homes in London were left without water last night and emergency sites to get bottled water were set up.
A group of water companies including Thames Water, South East Water, Southern Water and Affinity Water released a joint statement asking people to be careful how much water they use and to avoid unnecessary use.
"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."
They also asked business owners to check their pipes and get a plumber in if necessary.
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