HOMES and businesses across the Ryde area are reporting a loss of water this afternoon (Thursday).

It is understood that a large water main burst on Ashey Road is to blame.

Lack of water has been reported across Ryde and as far as Binstead.

Island Roads have closed Ashey Road from its junction with Bettesworth Road to its junction with Smallbrook Lane while Southern Water carry out emergency repairs.

UPDATE 16:30: Southern Water said on Twitter: "Repairs have begun in Parkway Ryde & water supply should return within 3 hrs but there may be temp discolouration/low pressure."