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Water Conservation Measures Initiated at Grand Canyon

Looking down, past sheer cliffs several thousand feet, as a trail switchbacks into the depths of a colorful canyon landscape.
Bright Angel Trail descending from the South Rim to Indian Garden. NPS/M.Quinn

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News Release Date: October 10, 2019

Contact: Lily Daniels, 928-638-7958

Grand Canyon, AZ- Grand Canyon National Park is initiating water conservation measures for the South Rim on Oct. 10, 2019, due to a loss of water connectivity.

During the initial phase of the Grand Canyon Indian Garden north pump house replacement project, a leak occurred on an isolation valve between the South Rim and Indian Garden. The impact of the leak is disrupting water connectivity to the Indian Garden north pump house, which is also preventing water from being pumped to the South Rim. There's no impact to the North Rim.

Park staff are working to restore the water connection and will remain in a conservation mode until further notice.

Water conservation measures in effect are:
  • No car or bus washing
  • No watering of lawns or plants
  • Using low water cleaning techniques and reduction of toilet flushing
  • Drinking water at restaurants will be provided by request and not automatically provided
  • Reduction of shower times and turning water off while brushing teeth

Within the inner canyon:

Update 2:42 pm. (10-10-2019) Drinking Water is now available at Indian Garden and Plateau Point. Water Conservation Measures on South Rim still in place.

Drinking water is available at the Mile and a Half and Three Mile filling stations on the Bright Angel Trail as well as Bright Angel Campground, Phantom Ranch, Cottonwood Campground, Manzanita Day Use Area, Supai Tunnel, and the North Kaibab Trailhead. Hikers in the backcountry should always carry a method to treat creek water, since water availability can change at any time. 

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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.

Backcountry Updates and Closures:

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.

Last updated: October 10, 2019

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Grand Canyon, AZ 86023



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