Lethbridge City Hall

The City of Lethbridge is asking the community to conserve water usage. (City of Lethbridge/Facebook)

Lethbridge officials are asking residents to keep conserving water, even though the treatment plant is working at full capacity again.

The warm weather and melting snow increased turbidity in the Oldman River. That caused problems for the southern Alberta city, which draws water from the river.

The plant was struggling to treat the turbid water on Tuesday morning so residents were receiving treated water from storage.

By Tuesday afternoon, the treatment plant was operating at full production again. But city officials asked residents to continue to only use water for essential services until at least Wednesday.

“It’s been so mild here that people are already starting to thinking about outdoor activities and car washes. We don’t want any of that activity for at least the next day or so,” said Doug Hawkins, director of infrastructure for the city.