The town of Riverhead declared a state of emergency Saturday because the town doesn't have enough water.

Mayor Colin Corcoran said about 12 households haven't had water for months, and others have it intermittently.

He said he will not lift the state of emergency until every residence in the town has clean drinking water coming through their taps.

"The simple thing is there's not enough water getting into the system," Corcoran said. "We're sure there's a couple leaks, but we can't seem to find it even when we walk up and down the water line."

Corcoran said he believes the problem stems from the aging infrastructure in the town.

"It's all coming to a point where we're worried the entire system has been compromised," Corcoran said.

He added that he contacted Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador, as well as the provincial government, for assistance.

According to Corcoran, engineers who have visited the town have yet to discover where the problem is.