A busted pipe that cut off a water supply for hikers at the Grand Canyon this week is the latest sign of aging infrastructure that could cost up to $200 million to replace.
Two pipelines feed water from a spring deep in the canyon to storage tanks for park staff, visitors and residents.
Grand Canyon maintenance chief Tim Jarrell says the pipelines are the top priority for maintenance in the park. Grand Canyon officials are stashing away a portion of entrance fees and doing engineering studies to determine how best to move forward.
Jarrell says a single break in the pipe costs about $25,000 to repair and involves flying in supplies and staff.
Signs along trails let hikers know when water stations are unavailable.