Grand Canyon implements water use restrictions after pipeline breaks

May 24, 2019, 4:14 AM

PHOENIX — The Grand Canyon is temporarily limiting water usage after a pipeline on the North Rim ruptured, the National Park Service said Thursday.

The North Rim at the Arizona tourist destination will “operate normally” while restrictions are in place, according to an NPS press release, and drinkable water remains available.

However, portable toilets are in use instead of public flushing toilets, and public laundry and showers are closed.

“A break in the water pipeline creates a serious situation for the operations on the north side of the canyon,” acting Grand Canyon Superintendent Sarah Creachbaum said in a press release.

“By initiating water conservation measures, the National Park Service and its partners can continue to provide the majority of the services to visitors while crews work on pipeline repairs when it’s safe to do so.

Rockslides caused a break on a steep cliff, making it difficult to repair, the release said.

The work will require helicopter support and fall-protection equipment.

Because of that, repairs won’t begin until Saturday. The NPS estimates it will take 10 or more days to fix.

Other restrictions include the use of disposable plates and utensils to eliminate the need of washing dishes.

The only public water available on the North Rim is in holding tanks, which NPS plans to fill by early next week.

“It’s important that everyone on the North Rim has water for drinking, and that we also have water available for structural fire and other public safety needs,” Creachbaum said.

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