WINSFORD Academy is closed today as homes and businesses across the town have been left without water.

St Joseph's Catholic Primary School on Woodford Lane is also closed today.

Engineers are currently investigating a leak.

Problems were reported shortly before 5am this morning as hundreds of people woke up to discover they had no water supply or just a trickle.

A spokesman for United Utilities told residents: "Our team of engineers are investigating a leak in your area which may be the cause of some of you experiencing no water or just a trickle today.

"We’re sorry for the inconvenience this may be causing, we will update this message once we have more information. Thank you for your patience."

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Winsford Academy notified parents on the school's website saying: "The school is closed today due to a water leak in the town."

Residents say High Street is flooded and people living in the CW7 postcode area including Knights Grange, Rookery Rise, Station Road, Dierden Street say they have been left without water or just a trickle.

A United Utilities spokesman said at 9am today: "We received the first report at 4.30am. We have a number of engineers trying to locate where the burst is but they haven't been able to do this yet.

"We have 12 water-on-wheels tankers coming and they will pump into the network and start to bring people back on supply while engineers try to find the leak."

At 3pm this afternoon, United Utilities confirmed the water supply has now been restored.

A company spokesman said: "Everyone is now back on supply although a number of customers in the area will be experiencing poor pressure. This will continue until the full repair is done and water main recharged.

"Engineers discovered a burst on one of the 18-inch trunk mains between Well Street and High Street."