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Broken water pump leads to restrictions at Grand Canyon's North Rim

Fall colors in the North Rim Campground. (NPS Photo/Michael Quinn)

Fall colors in the North Rim Campground. (NPS Photo/Michael Quinn)

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — Visitors to the Grand Canyon's North Rim are being asked to conserve water until a pump deep in the canyon can be fixed.

Portable toilets have been set up to replace flushing ones that were available to the public, Grand Canyon National Park officials said Sept. 22. Visitors are being asked to limit time in the shower, turn off faucets while brushing their teeth or shaving, and wash only full loads of laundry.

To further conserve water, the North Rim Campground will remain closed for the duration of the season through October 31. Visitors who have existing reservations at the campground will be notified via email.

The pump pulls water from Roaring Springs in the canyon and sends it up to the North Rim, which doesn't get as many visitors as the canyon's South Rim. Grand Canyon officials say the water restrictions will remain in place until the pump is fixed and water tanks refill.

More information and updates on visiting the North Rim is available at

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