British Waterways Responds to Drought

Issue date: 16th January 2012

Many parts of southern and central Britain have experienced the driest twelve months since records began and across parts of the South and Midlands groundwater tables and reservoir holdings are considerably lower than normal for this time of year.

BW is investing £700,000 in additional works that will make use of alternative supplies to help replenish reservoir levels and make the available water last as long as possible throughout the 2012 main boating season.

BW’s Water Management team has identified nearly 30 short-term, localised, schemes. These include prioritising the clearing of feeders, implementing new pumping regimes and raising weir boards. Works on the Grand Union Leicester Line will include installing new gate liners on seven key locks.

Please see the British Waterways website for the full press release.