BOSSES at Scottish Water are urging householders and businesses across Inverclyde to protect their pipes as temperatures plunge below freezing.

Extreme cold can cause pipes to crack or burst, leading to disruption and considerable expense.

Scottish Water’s chief operating officer Peter Farrer said: “By taking steps to insulate and protect properties and pipes, customers can avoid the considerable headache and heartache caused by frozen or burst pipes.

“Taking action to reduce the risk of such bursts can also help reduce the amount of water lost through leakage from our system, which affected us last December during the freeze and thaw. Water is always worth saving at any time of year.”

The advice is to heat, insulate and protect pipes.

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