A BURST pipe that left hundreds of Renfrewshire residents without water has been repaired.

Images of a giant column of water erupting high into the sky next to the B786 in Lochwinnoch were shared across social media on Friday evening.

Engineers from Scottish Water fixed the damage to the 12-inch main at around 10pm later that day and customers started coming back into supply at around 11pm.

A Scottish Water spokesperson confirmed that around 1,500 properties in Lochwinnoch, Kilmacolm and Bridge of Weir experienced an interruption to their normal water supplies as a result of the disruption.

They added: "The damage was caused by a third party. Our teams isolated the burst and traffic management was set up to allow excavation work to take place. 

"The repair was carried out as quickly as possible. Water tankers were brought in to minimise any disruption and help bring customers back into supply where possible. We also provided support to our Priority Service Register Customers and provided customers with bottled water on request. 

"We would like to thank those affected for their patience and understanding."