While the Canal & River Trust’s waterways attract over 12 million visits each year, our waterways can be used for much more than recreation.

Factory with weir in foreground and wind turbine in the background Utilities at Canal & River Trust

Our extensive waterway network provides a number of opportunities for many businesses to benefit from the range of utilities services we can provide. 

Water sales

We already support British businesses by providing competitively priced raw water to many sectors ranging from individual cattle troughs to large volumes of water for power generation

  • Public water supply
  • Manufacturing
  • Commercial and residential property development
  • Energy generation
  • Agriculture

An exciting new solution is to use canal water for heating and cooling. Water source heat pumps can be used to heat and cool residential or industrial in both new and existing sites. Successful projects on our network include data centres, hotels and universities.  

If you are interested in using our canal water for any of these purposes then please email us at watersalesenquiries@canalrivertrust.org.uk

Hydro Power

We are looking for opportunities to install hydro schemes on our assets where it is appropriate to do so, to harness power from the water within our network.

We are currently working with a number of Hydro developers for which we received an income via a commercial agreement.  This income can be invested into our canals and Rivers for many years to come.  In addition as part of the scheme we gain a much valued fish pass which assists migratory fish and eels. 

For more information please email utilitiesenquiry@canalrivertrust.org.uk

Surface water discharge

We recognise the value of using our network for drainage facilities and are keen to work with landowners in a mutually beneficial manner.

Find out more about surface water drainage in our leaflet, or contact get in touch with us at utilitiesenquiry@canalrivertrust.org.uk or call 01926 626158 for more information. 

Route provider for cables, pipes, fibre & Phone masts

Canal & River Trust landholdings are already utilised by many third parties who are aware of the benefits from siting their services under our towpath and canals. We offer a valuable service to many parties who wish to run new apparatus through our land and may offer a cost effective alternative.

For more information please email utilitiesenquiry@canalrivertrust.org.uk

Last date edited: 21 December 2015