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Grand Canyon to conserve water on North Rim after monsoon knocks out pumphouse power

A monsoon storm has disrupted water delivery at the Grand Canyon, forcing the National Park to take emergency conservation measures.

A Sunday storm knocked out power to a pumphouse that moves water to the North Rim. The park has initiated conservation protocols, such as the closure of laundry and shower facilities at the campground.

Staff will stop washing cars and buses and find ways to conserve while doing laundry, watering plants and other activities.

Park spokeswoman Joelle Baird says there is no timeline yet for restoring power.

“Right now, there’s no water being pumped from the Roaring Springs pumphouse to the North Rim, so we’re relying on held water tanks on the North Rim to provide service for the hotels and the residents who live on the North Rim,” Baird said.

Drinking water will still be available at a few locations on the North Kaibab Trail.

Ron Dungan was a senior field correspondent at KJZZ from 2020 to 2024.