The past week has turned into a living nightmare for hundreds of people living in North Devon because the water coming out of their taps has been dirty and brown.
People living in Bideford, Woolsery and Hartland have been affected with the earliest reports of the discoloured water being made to South West Water on Tuesday last week.
Hartland Quay Hotel have been dealing with the brown water since Friday and have had guests leave because of the water's state.
Jill Johns, who runs the hotel with her husband Chris, said they have been told by South West Water that the water is safe to use but this has not helped them persuade their guests to stay.
Jill said: "People have left and we have had to give people money off their bills and we have had to buy bottled water. Our supplies of bottled water have now run out.
"It has been chronic for four days and we have been onto South West Water every day, yesterday we were put on hold for 90 minutes.
"We had to run the taps for three hours but it still won't run clear. We are managing to shower in it but it is just not nice for people on holiday.
"The dirty water has wrecked our washing machine and we have had to throw away up to 20 towels which have all been stained by the water.
"We have been fully booked as it is the height of summer, South West Water keep saying the water is ok to use but it is disgusting."
Stuart Payne, 41, from Woolsery, is another person who has been affected by the brown water.
He lives with his wife Tamara and their two children and said his daughter went away over the weekend because of the brown water.
He said: "My daughter went to stay with my son in Tiverton because it has just been horrible to try and wash in.
"South West Water have been saying every day since last Tuesday it will be fixed by the next day but it hasn't.
"It would be ok if you knew how long it would last for, it is the not knowing and the scale of it which has been so hard.
"Every day we have had the hassle of calling South West Water up and having to drive into Bideford to pick up more bottled water. We have been spending £3-4 a day on water.
"The water has a sediment in it and it has been staining everything. We are worried it is going to break the washing machine and the dishwasher."
Becky Moran, a spokeswoman from South West Water, confirmed the company has been contacted by 199 people, who are affected by the discoloured water, just in the EX39 postcode alone since August 1 but said the problem is currently being resolved.
She said: "The problem has occurred because of a harmless layer of rust has built up in the pipes which makes the water discoloured.
"The water is safe to use but we recommend it is not used to make up babies' bottles.
"Customers need to keep running their taps to let it run clear. The engineers are currently flushing the system through to clear the pipes.
"For customers on water metres we can refund them for the extra water they have used when running the taps to make the water run clear.
"We would like to thank customers for their patience."