SRP launches maintenance project on canal system
Web Producer: Mekita Rivas
PHOENIX (AP) - A utility has launched a seven-year plan to dry up its 131-mile canal system that delivers drinking and irrigation water throughout metropolitan Phoenix so crews can conduct comprehensive maintenance.
The Salt River Project tells The Arizona Republic that its plan dry up the system section by section will allow for the canal to be inspected and repaired every seven years. The plan was launched last week.
The utility introduced a vegetation-eating carp in 1989 for weed control, and it worked so well that the utility decided it no longer needed to empty the system for weed control and other maintenance.
The Salt River Project will choose 16 to 20 miles of canal each year for emptying.
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