Issue date: 16th January 2012
British Waterways has identified nearly 30 short-term, schemes to tackle problems caused by lack of rainfall. On 11th January BW began lowering water levels on the five miles section of the Tring summit of the Grand Union Canal in order to to save water in advance of the warmer weather.
BW hopes to conserve water while boat movements are at their lowest by reducing levels by 12 inches, as the upper section of the banks is the most prone to leaks.
The reduced water level doesn't allow boats to navigate safely or moor, so the section is expected to be closed to traffic and moored boats until March.