ENGINEERS are working to restore water production at Greenock treatment works after ice blocked an intake from Loch Thom, which supplies thousands of homes and businesses in Inverclyde.
Divers have been deployed in the loch and are working to clear the submerged intakes of ice. Alternative means of restoring water supply to the works are also being investigated.
Engineers have reconfigured the water network to reduce the area served by the facility to a minimum.
Scottish Water said today (3pm, Saturday) that most customers continue to be fed via stored drinking water from the local network.
The problem is expected to impact supplies for approximately 13,000 homes and businesses this afternoon in Greenock, Gourock, Inverkip, Wemyss Bay and Skelmorlie.
Plans are being put in place to provide alternative supplies, including supplementing the local network via road tankers where possible.
Support will also be provided for customers in the affected communities, prioritising those who may be vulnerable if their water supply is interrupted.
A spokesperson for Scottish Water said: “Our team has been working over the course of the day in challenging conditions to restore normal production of drinking water at Greenock Water Treatment Works. Efforts are continuing with divers working to clear the intake from Loch Thom.
“With reserves of stored water in the network diminished, we expect some customers will experience disruption to their supply. We are putting plans in place to provide alternative water supplies and support for customers in the area, should they lose supply.
“We would like to apologise to customers for the inconvenience that this will cause. We are working to restore normal service as quickly as possible and to provide support for affected customers in the meantime.”