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



We're always looking for ways to harness the power of our water and with 2000 miles of canals and rivers, this opportunity is available.

Many businesses can benefit from the range of utilities services our extensive network of canals and rivers can provide.  

We currently have 10 Hydro Schemes constructed to date using the Trust Asset’s which generate approximately 3.9mw per annum, this contributes to approximately 5000 homes off grid.

We have a further 5 Hydro Schemes with consents which are scheduled for construction within the next 18 months which will generate approximately 1.4mw, taking approximately 1500 homes off grid.

Where we accept hydro-schemes in our water and on our land, it is vital that fish passes are installed, this is to ensure the safe migration of fish and other aquatic species across the network.

Surface water discharge

Did you know that a surface water from property & development sites can be drained into the canal?

We recognise the value of using our canals and rivers for drainage facilities and are keen to work with landowners.

Find out more about surface water drainage in our leaflet, or contact utilitiesenquiry@canalrivertrust.org.uk or call 01636 675719 for details. 

Utilities apparatus and fibre

We have 2000 miles of waterway and hundreds of miles of broadband keeping people connected.

Our landholdings are already used by many organisations who benefit from burying their service cables and pipes under our towpaths and canals. We offer a valuable service to many busniesses 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: 5 February 2020