Operation and maintenance of the canals is a 24/7 effort that requires unrestricted access to the canals, canal equipment, the banks, and power facilities by SRP crews.
Fencing along the edge of the canal does not ensure safety, but it does greatly limit first responders in emergency situations.
These short sections of fencing or railing are installed by the cities, not SRP. The cities, in certain cases, feel this added protection is necessary for their facilities based on high traffic volumes or pedestrian activity along the sidewalks or bridges.
In some areas, SRP installs fences or rails on canal equipment to prevent injury from falls and not necessarily to protect from falling into the water.
The cost to cover the canals and the associated expenses related to equipment adjustments and maintenance requirements are deemed an unreasonable expense to be incurred by the water users (customers). Again, this would restrict SRP access to the canals.