New Year’s Resolution: SRP Employees to Walk Entire 131-Mile Canal System in 2020
- SRP Southside Water employees set goal to conquer 131 miles in 365 days.
- Employees have the canal system mapped out to complete their New Year’s resolution by December 2020.
- To learn more about canal recreation, visit srpnet.com/canals.
- Canal multiple-use developments are a growing trend in the Valley
- More than 80 miles of multi-use trails have been developed.
- Nearly every city in SRP’s water service territory has or is constructing or planning beautification projects.
What started as a simple team-building idea to get fit for the holidays has evolved into a full-out goal to conquer 131 miles in 365 days. Employees from Salt River Project’s Southside Water group have formed an informal grassroots team called “131 Can Be Done.” The challenge: walk, run or cycle the 131 miles of SRP’s canal system by year’s end.
"The idea started as a way for employees to be more fit and educated about SRP canals and the way water is delivered to the Valley,” said Lynn Allen, manager of the SRP Water Contact Center. “At work recently, I saw an enlightening presentation about SRP’s canal system so I encouraged my co-workers to join me during our off time in walking, running or biking all 131 miles in 2020. I think it’s a great way to get out, exercise and learn about our vast and vital canals.”
The banks of SRP-operated canals have always been popular recreation areas and SRP continues to work with Valley cities and developers to integrate portions of the canal system into recreational and commercial development projects. Canal multiple-use developments are a growing trend in the Valley as more than 80 miles of multi-use trails have been developed. Nearly every city in SRP’s water service territory has or is constructing or planning beautification projects for the community to enjoy. To learn more about canal recreation, including a distance calculator and safety, visit srpnet.com/canals.
The “131 Can Be Done” team will begin walking the SRP canal system on Wednesday, Jan 15. Employees will walk two to three miles per week during lunch breaks, after work and on weekends. The team has the canal system mapped out to complete its New Year’s resolution by December 2020.
To schedule interviews or record the first or any of their canal treks, contact Kathleen Mascarenas at (602) 236-2585 or Kathleen.email@example.com.
SRP is a community-based, not-for-profit public power utility and the largest provider of electricity in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area, serving more than 1 million customers. SRP also is the metropolitan area’s largest supplier of water, delivering about 800,000 acre-feet annually to municipal, urban and agricultural water users.