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Residents Urged to Avoid SRP's Arizona and Grand Canals During Canal Dry-up Maintenance Project

Maintenance projects, repairs to run from Jan. 8 to Feb. 7 in the West Valley

WHAT: Portions of the Arizona and Grand canals on the north side of the Salt River will be closed and drained over the next month for annual maintenance and construction activities. The maintenance and repair activities will impact some of SRP’s northside irrigation customers who will not receive water from the canals during the dry-up.

DETAILS: Crews with hand nets and specially constructed truck-mounted water tanks will be used to relocate the white amur fish during the first few days of the project. Crews will be operating heavy equipment and trucks after the fish removal to pull silt and dirt from the canal and move debris to large dump trucks throughout the dry-up.

The canal dryup will be from Jan. 8 to Feb. 7. on portions of the Arizona and Grand canals in west Phoenix and Glendale. There will be signage posted on the Arizona Canal from 43rd and 59th avenues between Thunderbird Rd. and Peoria Ave. where the canal banks will be closed to all traffic including bikes and pedestrians. The closures will also impact both sides of the Grand Canal banks between 27th and 59th avenues along Osborne Rd.

This northside dry-up will result in increased construction traffic on canal banks as SRP crews work to remove silt, replace concrete lining and repair gates.

SRP is responsible for keeping its canal system in operating condition during normal water deliveries. Canal dry-ups allow SRP as well as other utilities and municipalities to perform construction and maintenance activities in and around the canals. SRP crews also will use the dry-up to examine the canals and underwater structures to look for evidence of invasive adult quagga mussels.

Information on canal closures: Canal management and maintenance

About SRP

SRP is a community-based, not-for-profit public power utility and the largest electricity provider in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area, serving approximately 1.1 million customers. SRP provides water to about half of the Valley’s residents, delivering more than 244 billion gallons of water (750,000 acre-feet) each year, and manages a 13,000-square-mile watershed that includes an extensive system of reservoirs, wells, canals and irrigation laterals.