FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - MEDIA ADVISORY
SRP's Annual Southside Canal Dry-up Starts Friday
What: Portions of the South, Consolidated, Tempe, Western and Highline canals on the south side of the Salt River will be drained for annual maintenance and construction activities. Many of SRP's southside irrigation customers will not receive water from the canals during the dry-up. The affected areas include Mesa, Tempe, Gilbert, Chandler and south Phoenix.
This 2017 southside dry-up will potentially result in increased construction traffic on canal banks as SRP crews work to remove silt, replace concrete lining and repair gates. Crews will be working on the South Canal in the East Valley, east of the Greenfield Road alignment to the junction with the Eastern Canal.
When: The southside dry-up will take place from Friday, Nov. 17, through Dec. 17. A second dry-up, for canals located north of the Salt River, is scheduled from Jan. 5 to Feb. 4. During that northside dry-up in early 2018, SRP crews 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.
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 southside 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.
During this dry-up, weed-eating white amur fish that are used to control aquatic vegetation in the canals will be relocated to other areas of the canal system. The herding and relocation of the fish will start Saturday and will continue through Tuesday on the South Canal from Granite Reef Dam to McDowell Road. SRP now utilizes white amurs throughout its 131-mile Valley canal system.
MEDIA CONTACT: Jeff Lane, SRP Media Relations, (602) 236-2500.