Youngsters at a Moray primary school enjoyed an unexpected afternoon off yesterday when the building was left with no water supply.
As the taps ran dry, pupils at Logie Primary School in Dunphail, near Forres, were sent home at lunchtime.
A school spokeswoman explained: “We can’t run a school with no running water, so we had no other choice but to send the children home.
“We don’t know how or why it happened, but later on in the afternoon the water was back working so were confident the children will be able to return to lessons for the rest of the week.”
Scottish Water confirmed a planned power cut caused the pumping station that serves Logie Primary to stop working, and blamed communication problems for the lack of a backup electrical supply.
A spokeswoman for the firm said: “Scottish Water would like to apologise to customers left without water following a power outage between 11am and 3pm on Wednesday.
“We received notification of the planned outage, however this information failed to reach the appropriate team.
“As soon as we began to receive calls reporting the lack of water, we dispatched a generator and operator to the site by Forres.
“We will be making every effort to review the notification process we have in place to help ensure this type of incident does not happen in the future.”