Schools across Bedford closed their doors today after a burst water main meant they had no water.
Thousands of homes and several shops also found their water supply was cut after the pipe burst on Bromham Road, Bedford.
Bedford Borough Council announced four schools are fully closed with four partially closing to allow pupils to do their SATS exams.
The closed schools are Bedford Road Lower, Camestone Lower School, Springfield Lower School, and St James Lower School.
The partially closed schools are Daubeney Academy, Grange School, Robert Bruce Middle School and Queen’s Park Academy.
An Anglian Water spokesperson said: “We are very sorry that some customers in Bedford (Biddenham, Queen’s Park, Kempston, Bromham) are without water this morning. This is because of a burst to an 18-inch water main on Bromham Road.
“Unfortunately this has caused flooding to three properties nearby and we know local schools have also had to close, and we are truly sorry for the impact this has had.
“We have a team of engineers on site who are working hard to reroute water through the network of pipes to return things to normal as soon as possible.
“Our loss adjustors will also be speaking to those customers who suffered flooding and we will pick up the tab for any work required.
“We apologise for the disruption to customers’ morning routines and we will be providing updates via our website until things are fully back to normal.”