Residents of Meredith, north of Geelong complain their town water is so salty it is making some of them sick.
The local water authority says a new pipeline will make a big difference next year.
In the meantime locals just have to put up with the bad taste in their mouths.
After consulting a doctor, Carol Broadhurst is convinced she is allergic to Meredith’s drinking water.
She gets weepy eyes and skin irritations whenever she takes a shower.
“I had seven sties in five weeks, irritation all the time, weeping discharge out of both ears and the top of my eyelids are slimey, that’s the nicest word to use,” she said.
“It really is a bit of a joke that you can’t turn the tap on.”
She now relies on rainfall to fill her tank.
Other residents have told ABC News they suffer chronic stomach cramps.
One local egg farmer, Vincent Colla, carried out independent water testing which also revealed a high level of carbon.
He says that is affecting the health of his hens.
“You keep checking with other farms and you think there’s something not right here,” he said.
He complained to Barwon Water
“All they said was it’s not killing them. That tells me there’s something in there that shouldn’t be there.”
The water is sourced from the Moorabool river and services 370 households.
Reduced flows have almost pushed salinity levels above Australian drinking standards.
But Carl Bicknell of Barwon Water says the water is safe to drink.
“We have accelerated a project to put in a pipeline to give them a better supply,” he said.
“Barwon Water recognises the water isn’t up to the standard we’d like to supply.”
The water company says the town will be connected to Geelong’s supply by next year.