Trans-canyon pipeline breaks, forcing water conservation measures at Grand Canyon

After breaks in the Trans-canyon Pipeline in Grand Canyon National Park were discovered, park officials are asking visitors and residents to implement water conservation measures. Photo/NPS

After breaks in the Trans-canyon Pipeline in Grand Canyon National Park were discovered, park officials are asking visitors and residents to implement water conservation measures. Photo/NPS

GRAND CANYON, Ariz. - Grand Canyon National Park (GCNP) is requesting all visitors and residents on the South Rim of Grand Canyon begin instituting water conservation measures after a break in the Trans-canyon pipeline and a break of one of the Indian Garden pipeline water pumps that provide water to the South Rim storage tanks was discovered June 21.

The combination of these situations has resulted in immediate water conservation guidelines for all consumers on the South Rim. The North Rim is unaffected.

Because of the Trans-canyon pipeline break there is no water available at Cottonwood Campground or Manzanita Rest Area.

Day hikers and backpackers should be prepared to carry all drinking water or be able to treat creek water for drinking purposes. Phantom Ranch currently has water but is operating under water conservation measures.

The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for parts of Grand Canyon through June 22 for areas below 4,000 feet in the Canyon including Phantom Ranch. Temperatures at Phantom Ranch could reach 117 degrees farenheit (F)/47 degrees celcius (C). Indian Garden temperatures could hit 109 degrees F/43 degrees C. Hotter than normal temperatures will also hit the rims, with highs of 97 degrees F/36 degrees C on the South Rim and 91 degrees F/33 degrees C on the North Rim. Hot temperatures are expected to last throughout the week.

Water conservation measures include; turning of the water while you shave or brush your teeth, running dishwashers or washing machines with only full loads- in eco mode if available, taking shorter showers, not watering lawns or washing cars, filling the sink with water while washing dishes and reporting drips, leaks or other water loss to appropriate offices. All visitors and residents are requested to implement water conservation measures immediately in homes, hotel rooms and at the campgrounds.

The National Park Service encourages all hikers to be prepared and to Hike Smart. More information is available on the park website at Grand Canyon National Park Hike Smart.

Grand Canyon National Park has a large and complex water utility system that provides water to the over five million visitors a year in addition to over 2,000 residents living within the park.

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