The Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce is growing a ‘golden lawn’ this summer in order to conserve water. The City of Port Alberni is not instituting water restrictions, but is asking people to be mindful of their water usage—especially during the August heat wave. TERESA BIRD PHOTO

The Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce is growing a ‘golden lawn’ this summer in order to conserve water. The City of Port Alberni is not instituting water restrictions, but is asking people to be mindful of their water usage—especially during the August heat wave. TERESA BIRD PHOTO

Alberni’s water levels remain good, says city

City not facing water restrictions, but public works urges caution

The City of Port Alberni is not in danger of water restrictions, but city staff are warning for caution during the hot days ahead.

“We’re doing much better right now than expected,” said utilities superintendent Brian Mousley. He said the city is almost a month ahead of where they were last year.

The reservoirs are still full and public works staff are continuing to monitor them weekly.

Although the city is not planning water restrictions at this time, Mousley warned that caution is needed as temperatures rise over the next week.

“We are starting to use a little too much water,” he warned.

“There are still a couple weeks of heat wave left. We have to be smart with the water we have. It can catch up pretty quickly.”

elena.rardon@albernivalleynews.com