The Transcanyon Pipeline is undergoing repairs above Cottonwood immediately adjacent to the North Kaibab Trail. The tank at Phantom Ranch was filled before the repairs began, however backpackers should be prepared to boil or otherwise treat creek water to serve their needs. During pipeline repair and trail rehabilitation, backcountry users are asked to use caution when in the vicinity. Hikers should expect delays and detours and should be prepared to follow any direction provided by workers in the area.
Purified drinking water is usually available year-round at Bright Angel and Indian Garden Campgrounds and at Bright Angel and South Kaibab trailheads.
Seasonal water stations are usually turned off for the winter sometime between October 10th and 30th dependent on location and associated temperatures.
Water available (year-round) on the South Rim at the Backcountry Information Center in the lobby. Water available (year-round) on the North Rim outside the Backcountry Information Center.
Plan ahead and prepare: A backup method to treat water, should the pipeline break, must always be included as part of your first aid kit. Backcountry hikers should always carry extra water.