Hundreds of homes in Barnstaple are understood to be currently without water. Many residents in Whiddon Valley, Forches, Newport and Bishops Tawton have reported a disruption in service, including in Oak Tree Drive, Magnolia Close, Westacott Meadow, Primrose Avenue and Hawthorn Road. It is understood that the problem has been caused by a burst pipe in Eastern Avenue. South West Water has contacted customers to apologise for the lack of water. The message said: South West Water is aware that some customers are experiencing a disruption to their supply. We have dispatched an engineer and will provide further updates when available; we apologise for the inconvenience caused.UPDATE (11pm): South West Water has told the Gazette that water should be restored within the hour, and that some properties have already had their water restored.