May 10, 2019 / Modified may 14, 2019 11:14 a.m.

National Park Service Approves Grand Canyon Pipeline Project

About 20,000 people daily rely on the water carried by the current line for drinking, cooking and firefighting.

Transcanyon pipeline A January 2018 press release photo of the Grand Canyon's transcanyon pipeline.
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FLAGSTAFF — The National Park Service on Wednesday gave the green light to replace a critical transcanyon pipeline at the Grand Canyon.

The project will replace three miles of a waterline that has broken several times in recent years. It's estimated to cost between $80 million and $110 million. Also under the approved plan, Grand Canyon National Park will relocate the water intake and build treatment facilities and tanks to support the pipeline.

About 20,000 people daily rely on that water for drinking, cooking and firefighting.

The park service's acting regional director signed the environmental assessment to go ahead with the project.

The pipeline was built in the 1960s. The new waterline is intended to support the park for 50 years.

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