On a hot day like it was today, it is important to drink lots of water, but that can be tough to do when the tap water is brown.

For the past month, when people in the town of Birch Hills, Sask. turn on their taps the water comes out a murky brownish colour.

Birch Hills is about 40 kilometres southeast of Prince Albert.

"It seemed to get better for a bit and then it got worse again. I think really the heat has a lot to do with it," said Shirley Ulvild, mayor of Birch Hills.

The town is currently under a precautionary drinking water advisory. Officials believe the problem is being caused by a high algae bloom.

Runoff water is the town's source for drinking water.

People in Birch Hills say the water issues couldn't have come at a worse time. Not only is it hot outside, but the town's 18 annual Harvest Festival is this weekend.

"We've already got our excess water there. We've got jugs and pails and we're good to go," explained Ulvild.

Officials don't know when the problem will be fixed. The town is working with engineers to find a solution.

"I can't wait for it to be over," said Ulvild.