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.
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.
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.
So, whether you heading to the IWA Festival of Water at St Neots, making your way to an IWA Silver Propeller Challenge location, or just pottering around your local waterways, please do let us have your reports.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)