HOMES and businesses were left without water for hours.

A burst pipe in Northwich plagued large areas of the town on Wednesday (June 26), with many residents left with low pressure or no water at all.

Among the properties affected was Charles Darwin Community Primary School, which was forced to shut.

Sharing this news just before the children arrived, the school’s Facebook account posted: "Unfortunately it is highly unlikely that we will have water by the start of the school day.

"We have taken the decision to close the school today for health and safety reasons.

"We will keep you updated.”

The water leak on Navigation RoadThe water leak on Navigation Road (Image: Ben Singh)

Several businesses in Northwich were also impacted, with some getting creative in a bid to stay open.

“We are open. Who knew you could make bread with bottled water?” read a post on Williamsons Bakery’s social media.

Meanwhile, a spokesperson for Northwich Memorial Court said: “The centre is experiencing low water pressure due to a burst pipe in the area.

“As a result, there is disruption to the water supply, but we are still currently operational.”

United Utilities were first alerted to the problem, which affected properties in the CW8 and CW9 areas of Northwich, at around 5am.

Around two hours later, it was reported that the cause of the water supply issues was a leak on Navigation Road.

Repairs got underway soon after and were completed shortly before 1.30pm.

A spokesperson for the firm said: "Good news, we’ve now repaired the leak on Navigation Road and your taps should be flowing again.

"However, it may take up to two hours for your water pressure to return to normal.

"You may also experience some discolouration to your water, this is due to the repair work on the pipe and should clear after a short time.

"Sorry for the disruption, thanks again for your patience."

With the leak now fixed, Charles Darwin Community will be able to welcome pupils once more.

"Good news! School will be open as normal in the morning," read the Facebook post.

"Thank you for your understanding today!"