Grand Canyon Issues Drinking Water Advisory for North Kaibab Trail: All Other Park Water is Safe for Consumption

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Date: October 31, 2014
Contact: Kirby-Lynn Shedlowski, 928-638-7958

Grand Canyon, AZ – The National Park Service is issuing a drinking water advisory for the following areas along the North Kaibab Trail, Manzanita Rest Area (Roaring Springs) and Cottonwood Campground within the backcountry at Grand Canyon National Park.Because of the detection of fecal indicators (E. coli), day hikers and backpackers should beself-sufficient and be prepared to carry or treat all drinking water. The rest of the park including South Rim Village, Desert View, Indian Garden, Phantom Ranch and North Rim Developed Area is not affected by this advisory and water is safe to drink.

Water at Roaring Springs and Cottonwood should be treated by boiling or filtering it.Water should be boiled for at least three minutes.Information about how to treat water in the backcountry is available on the park's website at These processes should be applied to water for any consumptive use including drinking, making ice, preparing food, brushing teeth, and washing dishes.

Visitors and residents within South Rim Village, North Rim Developed Area, Desert View, Indian Garden and Phantom Ranch are not affected by the drinking water advisory. Water available at these locations has been deemed safe for all human and animal consumption. Potable water at Grand Canyon is treated at multiple locations before being distributed for consumption. Grand Canyon treats all potable water beyond State of Arizona and EPA standards for public consumption.

The advisory is precautionary and is not expected to last more than 48 hours. A copy of the advisory is available at

Additional information about hiking or backpacking at Grand Canyon National Park is available by contacting the park's Backcountry Information Center at (928) 638-7875.


Last updated: February 24, 2015

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