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Water Conservation Implemented on South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park Due to Water-System Issues

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Mandatory water conservation (NPS Photo)

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News Release Date: July 22, 2022

 Effective immediately, Grand Canyon National Park will implement mandatory Level 2 water conservation measures due to diminished water resources. At Level 2, measures require that all concessions operations switch to disposable dishes and utensils; alter menus to use less water for food prep and dish washing; adopt low water use for hotel room cleaning; and serve drinking water at restaurants by request only.

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

Since Tuesday, July 19, Grand Canyon’s Water Utilities crew have been working to fix a total of four leaks along the Transcanyon Pipeline on the North Kaibab and Bright Angel trails.

A valve installed at Pipe Creek has failed, resulting in the inability to fully pressurize the Transcanyon Pipeline. A new valve will be installed, and research is underway to determine the cause of the failure. Water pressure is being continually monitored and gradually charged, and repairs are in progress.

Water on the North Rim is unaffected. Water at Phantom Ranch is only available at the Canteen and hikers and backpackers should be prepared to carry all drinking water or be able to filter and treat creek water for drinking. Water conservation is still important due to the situation on the South Rim as well as the current wildfire on the North Rim. Potable water is currently NOT available along the North Kaibab Trail including at Supai Tunnel, Manzanita Rest Area, and Cottonwood Campground. 

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

Last updated: October 30, 2022

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