Jeffrey P. Lane, SRP, (602) 236-2500
January 4, 2018

SRP’s Annual Northside Canal Dry-up Starts Friday

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 performs dry-ups on a rotating seven-year schedule. Dry-ups are performed annually on canal sections south of the Salt River annually between mid-November and mid-December and on the north side of the Salt River between early January and early February. This year’s northside dry-up, like all other SRP dry-ups, will potentially result in increased construction traffic on canal banks as SRP crews work to remove silt, replace concrete lining and repair gates. To view a map of the seven-year dry-up plan, which is subject to change, visit

SRP crews will be working at two locations of the Arizona Canal: From 16th Street to 32nd Street, and west of the Stapley Road alignment to west of the Recker Road alignment. During the northside dry-up, 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.

When: The northside dry-up will take place from Friday through Feb. 5. The herding and relocation of the weed-eating white amur fish will be conducted during the first few days of this dry-up, starting Saturday.

Why: 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.