A FAULT in the water system left hundreds of villagers without a supply this morning.

Scottish Water confirmed that a fault to the system caused by the freezing temperatures was the reason for the issue.

The firm sent a team to carry out a repair and water supplies were restored by 11am.

A Scottish Water spokeswoman said: “Engineers were on site in Kilbarchan earlier this morning after households experienced a loss of water supply.

"With temperatures plummeting to around -6C, a frozen valve on pipework disrupted flow.

"Engineers resolved the issue and water supply returned to households at around 10.50am.

"If anyone experiences water discolouration as a result, our advice is to run your cold water tap until the water turns clear again.

"We would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused."

As Kilbarchan Primary's water is supplied by a header tank, the school remained open unaffected.

However, the nursery did not have any water in the morning so children attending early sessions had to be turned away.

Nursery deputy Dorothy McCann said: "There was a small blip in the morning as there was no water supply.

"However everything resumed as normal by the afternoon."