Uncertainty still surrounds the chance of Yass residents seeing clear water from their taps despite funding announcements from both major parties in the lead up to the NSW state election next month.
While the water at Yass has always been problematic - regularly foul tasting and discoloured - a failure at the treatment plant over Christmas sparked a renewed outcry from residents who were pouring brown water from their taps.
Local Sarah Hodgson said the announcement by both local Liberal and Labor candidates to fund an upgrade of the town's water treatment plant was transparent.
"Obviously they're using it to win seats, that's the only reason why they're reacting now, let's be honest," Ms Hodgson said.
"You talk to anyone that's been here for 30, 40, 50 years: the water has always tasted terrible.
"It's just a matter on the day whether it's going to be muddy brown or just a little bit brown.
"Why does it take an election to get some response or some input?"
While the failure the caused issues at Christmas has since been fixed, residents are still reporting random incidents of brown water, to which the council tries to respond immediately.
Despite this, Ms Hodgson said she, her partner and their two children had been sick for a week.
Ms Hodgson moved from Canberra about six years ago and said water quality had always been a problem in Yass.
On Thursday, both federal and state Labor members announced they would invest $10 million into fixing Yass' water if elected.
Federal Labor MP for Eden-Monaro Mike Kelly and the state Labor candidate for Goulburn, Ursula Stephens - whose electorate would include Yass - made the announcement on Thursday afternoon.
Shortly after, Liberal MP for Goulburn Pru Goward announced a similar plan with her potential replacement, Wendy Tuckerman.
Ms Goward is stepping down at the next state election, which is in March, and hopes to see Ms Tuckerman take the reins.
Ms Goward said the Liberals would set aside money from a $1 billion water infrastructure fund once a $1.2 million business case for a new treatment plant was finished.
“This announcement is contingent on a Liberal National government being returned [in NSW]," Ms Goward said.
"Labor are only committing $5 million if the Labor candidate wins, if the federal candidate wins and if there is a change of government at both levels."
Federal Labor's Mr Kelly said he had many people visit his office in Queanbeyan to discuss the water problems in Yass.
"I understand the Coalition has matched Labor’s commitment, which means the Yass council can move forward with certainty on this project regardless of what happens at the upcoming elections," Mr Kelly said.
Yass mayor Rowena Abbey said it was thanks to the community's consistent lobbying that the town was able to secure the election commitments from both major parties.
"This is a fantastic outcome," Ms Abbey said.
However, a spokeswoman for the mayor said there was still a degree of uncertainty around the funding considering it was contingent on the parties being elected.
Only recently the Yass Valley Council issued a statement to residents assuring them the council was working on the water problems.
"We are listening, we understand and we are working towards a solution," the statement said.
But it also said the project would require $11 million and funding was hard to come by; the council had been making applications for grants since 2016 but was repeatedly knocked back.
"If we are unable to find funding from the federal or state governments, paying back an $11 million loan will roughly equate to $235 per year, for every household with a water connection, over the 20 year life of the loan," the statement said.
Ms Hodgson said she was already paying $235 per year in water filters as well as replacing ruined washing machines, kettles and dishwashers.
She said Ms Goward's plan to wait for a business case wouldn't work in the short term, with the election to be held on March 23.
"I'm very realistic, I know it's going to take a few years before we see clear water," Ms Hodgson said.
"Beggars can't be choosers."