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Water pump replacement project to begin Monday in Grand Canyon

Bright Angel Trail (Flickr Photo/Grand Canyon National Park)

PHOENIX – Hikers planning on making the journey to the Grand Canyon National Park will want to take note of upcoming construction.

Beginning on Sept. 23 and running through May 2020, the city will be replacing two water pumps at the Indian Garden.

Visitors will have to utilize a marked bypass trail along the Bright Angel Trail to navigate around the construction.

The 1960s-era pumps send water to the park’s South Rim, and outages in the past have forced multiple park-wide water conservation laws.

The new pumps will provide nearly 700 gallons per minute and the higher pumping rate will allow the park to run during off-peak energy hours, saving energy and money.

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