GRAND CANYON, Ariz. - Grand Canyon National Park is in the process of replacing a portion of the trans-canyon pipeline (TCP) at Phantom Ranch.
As part of the construction process, the TCP will be turned off to allow crews to connect the new portions of the pipeline to the existing pipeline.
The shutdown will began Oct. 18 and is anticipated to last through the end of the week. For safety purposes, crews also turned off the power to Phantom Ranch Oct. 19.
Phantom Ranch began water conservation measures Oct. 18 which will last the duration of the project.
Drinking water will continue to be available at the ranch. Water will be unavailable at Bright Angel and Cottonwood campgrounds, Roaring Springs, and Manzanita rest area (formerly Pumphouse Residence) during the shutdown. Day hikers and backpackers should be prepared to carry all drinking water or be able to treat creek water for drinking.
Grand Canyon National Park has a large and complex water utility system that provides water to close to 5 million annual visitors in addition to about 2,500 residents that live within the park. Visitors and residents on the South and North rims will still have access to water during the planned TCP shutdown via a water storage system. However, during the shutdown visitors and residents are encouraged to practice basic water conservation measures.
Because of the complexity of the TCP replacement project, at least one more multi-day TCP shutdown is anticipated this year. According to the park, a date has yet to be set for that shutdown.