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

Seven facts about canal drought

Find out how we manage drought on our canals and rivers

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1. All droughts are different and affect water supply in different ways across the country.

2. We publish drought maps showing the restrictions and risk to the navigation across the network to help boaters while restrictions are in place.

3. When in a drought it is important for everyone in the affected areas to try to reduce consumption of water, whether this is tap water at water points or sanitary stations, or the use of canal water for lock usage.

4. Restrictions during a drought limit lock operations to mainly peak times, which encourages boaters to share locks. This means that the canals are not closed too soon.

5. Restrictions lead to a decrease in lock usage. Some areas have seen a reduction in lockage of up to 40%.

6. We conserve water levels to try and protect wildlife. The longer we are in a drought for, the harder it is to maintain good conditions for all wildlife and sometimes it may be necessary to carry out fish rescues.

7. When a drought continues in the winter months we look to help fill our reservoirs from the canal to try and make sure the canals and reservoirs are as full as possible and ready for Easter.

Last date edited: 6 November 2015