Work was due to get under way on a major £900,000 upgrade in a north-east town today.
Scottish Water was to start its work to improve the water network in Stonehaven.
The organisation is working with Caledonia Water Alliance (CWA) to upgrade the mains network in the seaside town, but has warned there could be disruption to supplies.
Scottish Water has said that 16 miles of mains will be worked on during the six months of upgrades.
The water authority was due to start today in the Ramsay Road and Arduthie Road area.
Some pipes will be replaced, ensuring that 3,000 properties in Stonehaven, including homes and businesses, continue to receive fresh drinking water.
Residents were given an opportunity to see the planned work in October at an information evening.
They were warned a number of road restrictions might be put in place during the upgrade.
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Clive Duncan, from Scottish Water’s corporate affairs, said: “We appreciate the work itself will cause some disruption to our customers and would like to thank them in advance for their patience and understanding while we carry out these essential works.”
Properties that will have their water supply interrupted will be notified at least two days before any work being carried out.
Gina Temple, Caledonia Water Alliance customer manager, said: “As discussed during the information event on October 31 in Stonehaven, customers who may be impacted by the works will be informed in advance of work starting in their particular street.
“With regards to traffic management in place during the works, access to properties will be maintained and we will work with residents in the town to assist where required.”