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North Rim Pipeline

Post by joebartels » May 03 2017 12:03 pm

Grand Canyon National Park Starts Hauling Water to North Rim as Pipeline Repairs Continue


North Rim to Open as Planned May 15 with Limited Visitor Services,

Water-Conservation Measures


Grand Canyon, AZ – Grand Canyon National Park’s North Rim will open as scheduled May 15 with limited visitor services despite major storm-caused breaks in the only pipeline that supplies its water.


The park hired a private local contractor to haul at least 40,000 gallons of water a day to storage tanks on the North Rim. Hauling began midday April 28, and will continue until the pipeline is fixed and the park has enough drinking water stored for visitors and to meet structural fire requirements.


Pipeline repairs are ahead of the original 45-day anticipated schedule despite extremely challenging work conditions. Park management still anticipates restoration of most lodging, camping, and other services at the North Rim by May 26, with some water-conservation measures for North Rim visitors and employees.


Grand Canyon Lodge North Rim, a Forever Resorts property, will offer limited food and beverage services starting May 15. Overnight accommodations begin May 26.


Campsites will open May 15 with potable water and portable toilets, but no public laundry and shower facilities. The North Rim grocery store, gas station and post office will be open. Grand Canyon Trail Rides offered at the North Rim will begin operations May 15. The North Rim Visitor Center and Grand Canyon Association bookstore will be open as scheduled from 8 am to 6 pm daily, with a variety of ranger programs offered. The backcountry information center will be open 8 am to noon and 1 pm to 5 pm daily.


South Rim and Phantom Ranch operations are not affected by the pipeline damage.


Multiple breaks in the North Rim pipeline were caused by unusually heavy winter storms that led to rockslides. It is the worst damage the pipeline has suffered in more than 20 years. Partially exposed as it traverses rough canyon terrain, the pipeline is subject to frequent damage from rockslides as well as age-related failures.


Park maintenance crews discovered March 14 that a rockslide had taken out more than 300 feet of horizontal pipeline on steep terrain, and damaged eight retaining walls and about 800 feet of the North Kaibab Trail. The initial break was repaired, but when park crews tested the pipeline April 25, they discovered another 60 feet of vertical pipeline was missing higher up on even steeper terrain. The new break and two smaller breaks above and below it could be fixed as early as May 6. Minor leaks may also need repairing, but a visual inspection of the pipeline indicates there are no more breaks.


Equipment and replacement sections of pipeline must be helicoptered in. The pipeline must be positioned, welded, and assembled on the sides of dangerous and steep cliffs. Helicopter support, fall-protection equipment, and other required safety materials are being used to keep the crew safe.


“The priority of the park’s response to the incident is minimizing risk and addressing the well-being of employees, partners and visitors, while doing all we can to mitigate this situation,” park Superintendent Chris Lehnertz said.


The North Rim pipeline transports water from within the canyon at Roaring Springs to the North Rim and is operated from approximately May to November. The only public potable water available on the North Rim is stored in its water-holding tanks.


The North Kaibab Trail has been repaired and is open, although hikers may experience brief delays as trail crews continue working. The National Park Service emphasizes the importance of staying on designated trails at all times and hikers should not attempt to go over or around a closure. Trail users should pay attention to directions from park rangers, volunteers, and signs placed along the trail.


For updated trail information about the North Kaibab Trail, please visit http://www.nps.gov/grca Twitter @GrandCanyonNPS or call the recorded information line at 928-638-7688. For additional information about trail access and permits, call the Backcountry Information Center at 928-638-7875.
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Re: North Rim Water-Conservation Measures

Post by azbackpackr » May 03 2017 2:46 pm

Army showers for our Hippy and her friends, living up there! :D
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Post by chumley » May 03 2017 2:49 pm

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That would be a step up from normal! :sweat: :lol:

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Re: North Rim Pipeline

Post by joebartels » May 12 2017 12:53 pm

Damaged Grand Canyon Water Pipeline Fixed, North Rim to Open as Scheduled
Grand Canyon, AZ – Repairs to the damaged water pipeline serving Grand Canyon National Park’s North Rim were completed ahead of schedule this week, allowing lodging for those with prior reservations, campgrounds, and other services to open May 15 as normally scheduled.

Park maintenance crews worked diligently to replace more than 387 feet of pipeline that was found damaged or missing in March and April. Heavy winter storms caused rockslides that took out segments of the pipeline, which is partially exposed as it traverses rough canyon terrain. It was the worst damage to the pipeline in more than 20 years.

The park also hired a private contractor to haul at least 30,000-40,000 gallons of water a day to North Rim storage tanks as part of its effort to minimize the effects of the pipeline damage on visitors and concessionaires. Hauling began April 28 and continued until the pipeline was repaired.

Forever Resorts, operator of the historic Grand Canyon Lodge–North Rim, announced May 11 it would allow visitors who’d booked stays at the lodge between May 15 and May 25 to restore their reservations. Reservations were cancelled during that time until pipeline repairs were done, the water system was tested, and the park was sure it had enough drinking water for visitors and fire suppression.

The lodge restaurant will be open for all meals with a full menu and a breakfast buffet. Breakfast burritos will be available at the lodge’s Rough Rider Saloon coffee service from 5:30-11:30 am. Sandwiches and pizza will be available at the saloon and general store. The Deli in the Pines will be closed until May 26.

Other North Rim services will also open on time when the gates to the North Rim open at 7:30 am Monday, May 15.

Campsites will open with potable water, laundry, and showers. The North Rim grocery store, gas station and post office will be open. Grand Canyon Trail Rides offered at the North Rim will begin operations on May 15. The North Rim Visitor Center and Grand Canyon Association bookstore will be open as scheduled from 8 am to 6 pm daily, with a variety of ranger programs offered. The backcountry information center will be open 8 am to noon and 1-5 pm daily.

South Rim and Phantom Ranch operations were not affected by the pipeline damage.

The North Rim pipeline transports water from within the canyon at Roaring Springs to the North Rim and is operated from approximately May to November. The only public potable water available on the North Rim is stored in its four million gallon water-holding tanks.

Pipeline repairs were finished a week or two ahead of the original 45-day anticipated schedule despite challenging conditions. Equipment and replacement sections of pipeline were helicoptered in. The pipeline was positioned, welded, and assembled on the sides of dangerous and steep cliffs. Fall-protection equipment and other required safety materials were used to keep the crew safe.

“Our maintenance crews worked extremely hard to mitigate the pipeline damage and protect the well-being of employees, and to ensure the operations of its concessionaires and partners, and the legendary Grand Canyon experience for visitors. Given the extent of the damage to the pipeline, the worst in more than two decades, I’m proud of what was accomplished,” park Superintendent Chris Lehnertz said.

The North Kaibab Trail has been repaired and is open, although hikers may experience brief delays as trail crews continue working. The National Park Service emphasizes the importance of staying on designated trails at all times and hikers should not attempt to go over or around a closure. Trail users should pay attention to directions from park rangers, volunteers, and signs placed along the trail.

For updated trail information about the North Kaibab Trail, please visit http://http://www.nps.gov/grca or call the Backcountry Information Center at 928-638-7875.
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