WATER supplies have been restored to "normal" after some residents had experienced lost or reduced water due to damage to a main in Golborne.

The issue affected some households in WA11, WN4 and WA3 postcodes.

A UNited Utilities statement at 8.40am today read: "Our team of engineers has finished repairing the leaking pipe and the water should be starting to flow normally again. However it may take up to two hours for the water pressure to return to normal levels.

"We’re sorry if this has affected you and thank you for your patience.

"Because there’s been some disturbance to the pipes in your area you may notice the water is a little cloudy or discoloured, please check our Discoloured Water page for more information."

Last night, United Utilities said: "Our inspector has located third party damage to our main on Lowton Road, affecting customers in WA11, WN4 and WA3, causing some of you having no water or just a trickle.

"A team of engineers has been requested to attend and will be on site as soon as possible this evening. We’re sorry for the trouble this may be causing you and we will get your taps flowing normally again as quickly as we can."

They later added that an inspector has moved water from a different area into residents' supplies while the leak is worked on, with 'Water on Wheels' tankers on site.

They said the water may not flow as much in this time due to lower pressure.

Shortly after 4am, United Utilities said that due to "the complex nature of the repair" to the burst water main on Lowton Road, work will be ongoing throughout the course of this morning (Thursday).