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Flying high: Construction efforts at Phantom Ranch continue

A Chinook helicopter carrying a storage box suspended in a sling load makes its way to Phantom Ranch March 31 as construction continues on the Phantom Ranch waste treatment plant. (NPS Photo/D. Brenchley)

A Chinook helicopter carrying a storage box suspended in a sling load makes its way to Phantom Ranch March 31 as construction continues on the Phantom Ranch waste treatment plant. (NPS Photo/D. Brenchley)

GRAND CANYON, Ariz. — Construction continues at the Phantom Ranch wastewater treatment plant, with helicopters flying in supplies last week.

A Chinook helicopter brought in materials and large equipment including an excavator, storage boxes, precast manholes and precast headworks to the Phantom Ranch area.

According to the National Park Service, the waste treatment plant at the Inner-Canyon location has insufficient capacity and capability to treat the current user demand and meet state quality standards, which has resulted in it operating at half capacity.

Critical short-term upgrades are currently being conducted to the treatment systems as well as aeration and tank installation to improve performance. Building and mechanical monitoring will also be upgraded to improve personnel safety.

Inner canyon trail users in the vicinity of Phantom Ranch may experience temporary delays of up to 15 minutes, and noise and dust from equipment and helicopters.

Visitors should follow directions from NPS staff and construction crew workers as needed in the work zones to maintain safety.

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