GapTracker Survey Calls for Basic Facilities

We have published the results of our Gaptracker Survey, which identifies that the majority of boaters who responded to the survey are concerned about the basic facilities provided by navigation authorities - drinking water and waste disposal - rather than other services such as showers, pump-out and laundry.  The survey, which ran on our website during the second half of last year, asked boaters to identify areas on the UK’s waterways where facilities are missing or are in poor condition.

Read the full GapTracker report giving more detail about the findings of the survey.

Hundreds of comments were received about the facilities provided by nine different navigation authorities.  We are following this up the results with each authority individually.

An overwhelming 84% of the responses were about water points, rubbish disposal or portable toilet emptying, indicating a strong demand for those basic facilities. 


Support Our Campaign

Although the findings of the initial survey phase have been published, this is an ongoing campaign. You can help us identify areas on the UK’s waterways where basic facilities, such as water points, rubbish and sewage disposal, are missing.  Having carried out some initial monitoring, IWA is now gathering more evidence so that it can work with navigation authorities to encourage them to provide new or additional facilities in the right locations.

Submit information to our GapTracker


Facilities have been closed

Over the last few years some boaters’ facilities have been closed leaving gaps in the provision of facilities. This is an issue across the waterway network, and causes problems for many boaters, particularly if they don’t wish to travel very far each day.  IWA considers that basic boaters’ facilities (water, elsan, rubbish) should be at locations which are no more than 5 hours cruising time apart with pump out available every 10 hours cruising time.

More recycling facilities 

IWA is also concerned about the difficulties that boaters’ face in trying to recycle their waste.  IWA will be campaigning with navigation authorities for more recycling points to be provided, and in the meantime encourages all boaters to be responsible about the disposal of their waste and to use existing recycling points whenever possible.

Recording issues

So, whether you heading to the IWA Festival of Water, making your way to an IWA Silver Propeller Challenge location, or just pottering around your local waterways, please do let us have your reports.

Submit information to our GapTracker


Please let us know of any gaps in facilities or where a site is in need of major refurbishment by filling in the Gap Tracker form at waterways.org.uk/gaptracker.  Alternatively you can email the details to IWA Campaigns Officer, Alison Smedley (alison.smedley@waterways.org.uk)

GapTracker


Please let us know of any gaps in facilities or where a site is in need of major refurbishment by filling in the Gap Tracker form at waterways.org.uk/gaptracker.  Alternatively you can email the details to IWA Campaigns Officer, Alison Smedley (alison.smedley@waterways.org.uk)

See Boaters' Facilities briefing note.

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