We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.

Nine facts about water management

We look after a lot of water and here our our nine favourite facts about the blue stuff.

  • A broad lock uses 240,000 litres of water, which is equivalent to 2.5 London double decker buses!
  • There are 1718 locks on the canals and rivers we look after. In total, these locks are used around 4 million times each year
  • A busy lock flight will have six lock operations in an hour
  • We look after 72 reservoirs
  • The oldest, Pebley reservoir was built in 1776, the most recent, Winterburn reservoir was built in 1891. The average age of reservoirs is 200 years
  • Chasewater is the largest canal feeding reservoir
  • There are 69 pumping stations across the canals, which together, pump around 75,000 million litres of water per year
  • The canals contain 200,000 million litres of water which is equal to 2.5 billion baths of water
  • Tuel Lane lock on the Rochdale Canal is the deepest broad lock which we look after

Last date edited: 25 January 2017