Portions of the Arizona, Grand and Crosscut canals on the north side of the Salt River will be drained starting Monday for annual maintenance and construction activities.
Many of Salt River Project’s northside irrigation customers will not receive water from the canals during the dry-up. The affected areas include Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Phoenix, Glendale, Peoria and north Tempe.
Click on the following link to view a map of the seven-year dry-up plan, which is subject to change: http://www.srpnet.com/water/canals/pdfx/csdup7years_public.pdf.
The Grand Canal will be dry between 24th Street to 43rd Avenue, which will allow crews to remove debris and repair concrete. The majority of the canal lining work will be on the Grand Canal, from 7th to 19th avenues and at Indian School Road, from about 22nd to 27th avenues, where large equipment and dump trucks will be removing mud and debris.
Signs have been posted to warn residents in those areas that the Grand Canal will be closed to recreational usage from Dec. 29 through March 31. Also, the Arizona Canal will be dry between 51st and 59th avenues.
The northside dry-up will take place from Monday, Dec. 29, through Feb. 8. The herding and relocation of the weed-eating white amur fish will be conducted during the first week of the dry-up during the second year of SRP’s seven-year canal dry-up plan.
SRP is responsible for keeping its 131-mile 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 northside dry-up to examine the canals and underwater structures to look for evidence of invasive adult quagga mussels.
For their safety, Valley residents who use the canal banks for recreational activities should note the increased construction and maintenance activities along the canal banks.
Under no circumstances should local residents enter the canals. Posted warning signs should be obeyed.
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