UPDATE 8.48am: The water-main break suspected to be responsible for an outage at The Lakes has turned out to be an open water-supply valve which had drained the reservoir overnight.

Water is expected to return to normal for affected residents now, a Tauranga City Council spokesman said.

EARLIER: Homes in The Lakes are without water this morning due to a water-main break.

A Tauranga City Council spokesman said he was unable to say how long the outage was expected to last or how many homes were affected.

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It was likely that other properties in the area would notice discoloured water, he said.

More soon.