FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SRP's Annual Northside Canal Dry-up Starts Monday
What: Portions of the Arizona, Grand and Crosscut canals on the north side of the Salt River will be drained for annual maintenance and construction activities. Many of SRP'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.
SRP crews will be working on the Arizona Canal from 68th Street to east of Mesa Drive and at two locations on the Grand Canal, from 24th Street to the junction with the Crosscut Canal, and from the Crosscut Canal junction to Thomas Road. During the northside dry-up, crews also will continue construction work associated with the Loop 202/South Mountain Freeway project that is being coordinated with the Arizona Department of Transportation and Connect 202 Partners LLC.
When: The northside dry-up will take place from Monday through Feb. 10. The herding and relocation of the weed-eating white amur fish will be conducted during the first few days of this dry-up, starting Monday.
Why: 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 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.
SRP performs dry-ups on a rotating seven-year schedule. Dry-ups are performed annually on canal sections north side of the Salt River between early January and early February and on the south side of the Salt River annually between mid-November and mid-December. This year's northside dry-up, like all other SRP dry-ups, will potentially result in increased construction traffic on canal banks as crews work to remove silt, replace concrete lining and repair gates. View a map of the seven-year dry-up plan, which is subject to change.
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.