Lodging and day-use facilities on the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park will have water use restrictions as crews begin to repair a broken water pipeline.
The Arizona Republic reports that rockslides caused by last week’s wintry weather broke the North Rim's water pipeline for the sixth time this year.
The pipeline transports water from a natural spring about 3,500 feet below the rim to water tanks on the North Rim.
The tanks are the only public water supply for the North Rim, and no water will be pumped to the tanks until the pipeline is repaired, according to the National Park Service.
Meanwhile, portable toilets will replace public bathrooms, and public laundry and shower facilities will be closed. At overnight lodging and day-use facilities, paper plates and plastic utensils will be used.
The pipeline opened in 1965 and was designed to last for 40 years. There have been more than 80 pipeline breaks since 2010. The repair work is expected to take around 10 days.