Broken water pump leads to restrictions at Grand Canyon


People take the first official walk on the Skywalk, billed as the first-ever cantilever-shaped glass walkway extending 70 feet from the western Grand Canyon’s rim more than 4,000 feet above the Colorado River, on March 20, 2007 on the Hualapai Reservation at Grand Canyon, Arizona. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — Visitors to the Grand Canyon’s North Rim are being asked to conserve water until a pump deep in the canyon can be fixed.

Portable toilets have been set up to replace flushing ones that were available to the public, Grand Canyon National Park officials said Tuesday. Visitors are being asked to limit time in the shower, turn off faucets while brushing their teeth or shaving, and wash only full loads of laundry.

A campground at the North Rim also has been shut down to further conserve water. It likely won’t reopen until next May when the park welcomes back visitors after an annual, seasonal closure. Anyone with existing reservations will be notified via email.

The pump pulls water from Roaring Springs in the canyon and sends it up to the North Rim, which doesn’t get as many visitors as the canyon’s South Rim. Grand Canyon officials say the water restrictions will remain in place until the pump is fixed and water tanks refill.

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