CHILDREN are refusing to bathe in the murky water pouring from household taps in Dysart and parents are concerned about the long-term health effects.
The Central Highlands and Isaac councils are struggling to provide clean water to residents and have blamed dry weather and high levels of minerals in water supplies.
Isaac Mayor Anne Baker met Dysart residents earlier this week to assure them the council was working to solve the issue.
"While the water's current strong odour and discolouration is highly undesirable and concerning some residents, plant testing indicates the supply meets current standards," Cr Baker said.
But resident Kelly Howden said her family could not drink the liquid from the tap.
"The kids are refusing to bath in it.
"Even the (water) filters are having a hard time keeping up," she said.
You can buy bottled water but you can't do the dishes and bathe and do your washing.
Dysart resident, Claire Lye.
Another resident Claire Lye said she had growing concerns about the long-term effects of the discoloured water.
"You can buy bottled water but you can't do the dishes and bathe and do your washing," she said.
Tieri and Blackwater residents have also complained to the CHRC, which said the yellowish colour was caused by high levels of iron and magnesium in the Connors/Mackenzie River systems.
"Although the colour is not a health concern, we are enhancing our treatment of water at the plant to reduce the colour in the water," Mayor Peter Maguire said.
"We have seen this situation occur before, but not to this extent.
"The fastest way to fix the problem is with a decent rainfall that will flush the river system.
"Until that happens, our staff will be doing all they can to improve the quality of the water going through our reticulated systems."