South Rim of Grand Canyon under water restrictions through the weekend

Posted at 3:30 PM, Jun 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-25 18:30:42-04

Concessions operations in the Grand Canyon's South Rim will have to tighten water usage through the weekend.

Grand Canyon National Park officials said Saturday that diminished water resources mandate Level 2 conservation restrictions for the South Rim.

According to a news release, a break in the Transcanyon Pipeline has been fixed and water is flowing to the South Rim with a back-up pump.

But the main pump at Indian Garden remains inoperable and will not be ready until Monday.

Concession operations must temporarily follow low-water practices including using disposable dishes and utensils, utilizing less water for food prep and allowing the sale of bottled water.

The North Rim is not affected.

Officials say conserving in the first 24 hours of Level 2 restrictions can reduce water consumption by 10 percent.