Bute water supplies returning to normal

The supply of water to homes on Bute is gradually returning to normal following a main burst on Sunday - but it’s likely to be a few hours before all homes are reconnected, according to Scottish Water.

The utility company spent much of Monday trying to remove ‘air locks’ from the island’s water pipe network which prevented the return of supplies to households in high-lying parts of Rothesay, as well as to Kingarth and Kilchattan Bay.

The following update appeared on Scottish Water’s website late on Monday afternoon: “A lot of air now released out the system so water now getting to properties in Canada Hill.

“This means that St Brides Road, Serpentine Road and surrounding streets should be back in water.

“Parts of Kingarth and Kilchatten [sic] Bay will still be without water, however full system restoration should be complete within the next few of hours.”

Engineers re-connected supplies to households and businesses after repairing a burst to a 12-inch trunk main on Sunday.

While the action enabled much of the water supply to return to normal, a number of properties in high-lying areas of the island remained without water or were experiencing low pressure.

Bottled water was made available from supply points in Roslin Crescent, St Brides Road and Kilchattan Bay.

The burst occurred on the trunk main from the Dhu Loch water treatment works to Rothesay, which is the principal water supply to the high-lying areas of the island.

Emergency repair squads had to close the main and shut off the water supply to fix the burst on Sunday lunchtime.

A Scottish Water spokesman said: “We apologise to customers who are continuing to be affected by this incident.”