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

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

Using water for heating and cooling

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 waterways include data centres, hotels and universities.  

If you're interested in using our canal water, please email watersalesenquiries@canalrivertrust.org.uk

Hydro power

We're always looking for ways to harness the power of our water and looking at installing hydro schemes wherever appropriate.

We currently have commercial agreements with a number of Hydro developers, from which we receive an income. This income is being invested into our canals and rivers for many years to come. As an added benefit, the schemes provide much valued fish passes, which help migratory fish and eels. 

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

Surface water discharge

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. 

Route provider for cables, pipes, fibre and phone masts

Canal & River Trust 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: 17 July 2019