Level 3 water conservation measures for Grand Canyon after pipeline failures

Grand Canyon National Park has moved from Level 2 water restrictions to Level 3 following breaks in the Transcanyon Pipeline. The Transcanyon Pipeline supplies water to the South Rim via the North Rim in a mostly underground pipeline system through the Grand Canyon. (Loretta Yerian/WGCN)

Grand Canyon National Park has moved from Level 2 water restrictions to Level 3 following breaks in the Transcanyon Pipeline. The Transcanyon Pipeline supplies water to the South Rim via the North Rim in a mostly underground pipeline system through the Grand Canyon. (Loretta Yerian/WGCN)

GRAND CANYON, Ariz. — Grand Canyon National Park will continue operating at Level 3 water restrictions and conservation measures, which were implemented March 16 after a series of breaks in the Trans Canyon Pipeline.

Until park staff repairs the break and water in storage tanks reaches sustainable levels, the park will remain in conservation mode.

Under Level 3 water restrictions, Camper Services and the RV dump/fill station operated by Delaware North will be closed. Sinks in public restrooms will be turned off and hand sanitizer will be available. Visitors and residents may experience additional water conservation measures while visiting the park.

In addition to the new Level 3 changes, all Level 2 conservation measures remain in place. Under Level 2 water restrictions, the park and its partners have been able to conserve water by using disposable dishes and utensils in restaurants, serving water by request only, adopting low water-use methods to clean hotel rooms and practicing basic water conservation measures at home and work.

Park businesses have also installed low-flow appliances, which assist with water conservation efforts year-round. Some ways residents and visitors can help conserve water are to limit showers to five minutes or less, turn the faucet off while shaving or brushing teeth, selectively flushing the toilet, washing laundry with full loads and reporting leaks to appropriate offices. Residents are also reminded to use non-potable water for plants and lawns and to not fill large-capacity water tanks in the park.

Drinking water is available at the following inner canyon locations: Phantom Ranch, Bright Angel Campground, and Indian Garden. The South Rim water bottle filling stations — including those at the South Kaibab and Bright Angel trailheads — are turned off. Hikers in the backcountry should plan to carry all their water or methods to treat water. More information can be found at nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/hike-tips.htm.

The public can call (928) 638-7688 to listen to a recorded message with updates and additional information about current water restrictions at Grand Canyon’s South Rim.

Grand Canyon National Park has a large and complex water utility system that provides water to more than 6 million annual visitors in addition to the 2,500 residents that live in the park.

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