A BURST water main left more than 500 homes without water in the Wallingford area.

One customer, who tweeted Thames Water at about 7.45am this morning, said he had been without water for 16 hours.

About 520 properties were affected initially, which had been reduced to just two by this morning.

A Thames Water spokesperson said: “We’re sorry to customers affected by a burst main.

“Our engineers were quickly on site to fix the problem and were able to restore water to almost all properties by this morning.

“We also offered bottled water to those affected, as well as delivering it to vulnerable customers.”

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A statement issued on the company's website this morning said supply had been rerouted 'to get it back up and running quickly.'

The statement added: "We’ve done this now because we understand how frustrating it is to go without water.

"Don’t worry if your water is cloudy or splutters at first, as air often gets trapped in the pipes while we’re working. Just turn on your cold kitchen tap and it should flow freely after a couple of minutes. 

"Thanks being so patient while we put this right."