The mayor of Riverhead, St. Mary's Bay, says even though a state of emergency has been lifted over the town's water supply, chronic problems persist.

The emergency was called almost two weeks ago after the local reservoir ran dry.


Riverhead Mayor Colin Corcoran says the town has trouble keeping up with persistent breaks in its infrastructure. (CBC)

Mayor Colin Corcoran said the system is back on stream, but warns that it has never been reliable.

"It's not like we want a Cadillac system," he told CBC News.

"We just need a water system that we can a) rely upon, b) afford and c) maintain ourselves."

Corcoran said five leaks are currently being fixed in the system.

He says the town is working with engineers and the Newfoundland and Labrador government to find a long-term solution to deal with Riverhead's aging infrastructure.

"It's gotten to the point where, you know, we've replaced a good portion of the old copper pipes that [were] in the ground," he said.

"But once you fix one leak, the system is always going to break at the weakest point, so then you find leaks somewhere else. We're trying to play catch-up."