Entire Trans-Canyon Pipeline Plan at Grand Canyon National Park
The National Park Service is developing an Environmental Assessment for the Trans-Canyon Water Distribution Pipeline (Pipeline) project for Grand Canyon National Park (Park). The Pipeline was constructed in the 1960s and plays a critically important role supporting Grand Canyon National Park operations. It supplies all potable water to the park's South Rim as well as Grand Canyon's cross-canyon corridor. Water transported by the Pipeline supports over 5 million annual visitors and approximately 2,500 year round residents. Water from the Pipeline also provides fire suppression protection capabilities for all South Rim and cross-canyon facilities, including over 800 historic buildings.
The current pipeline begins at an intake at Roaring Springs, located within the canyon 3,500 feet below the North Rim. Water is conveyed by gravity through the 12.5 mile long pipeline traveling from Roaring Springs along Bright Angel Creek and the North Kaibab Trail through Phantom Ranch and up to Indian Gardens where it is then pumped to the park's South Rim.
The Pipeline has exceeded its expected useful life and now experiences frequent failures requiring continual maintenance in a remote and rugged environment.
Kris Provenzano, 928-638-7730
Rachel Bennett, 928-638-7326