Believe it or not a lot of people, not just boaters, are confused as to what is OK to put in the canal and what is not OK, so here’s a simple guide.
The rules for boaters as to what is acceptable to go overboard into the water are very simple indeed. There are only two things that are permitted: clean water and 'grey' water. Grey water is the waste water from washing-up dishes and cooking utensils, showers, sinks and washing machines only. Ideally, any detergents used would be more environmentally friendly lower phosphate type soaps.
The rules for non-boaters as to what you can put into the canal are even simpler as the answer is 'nothing', unless you are an angler in which case the casting of bait in the hope of attracting a fish is ok and probably highly desirable if you want to catch anything.
Unfortunately, lots of people, boaters and non-boaters, keep on putting inappropriate things into the canal, which either present a hazard to the environment or contribute to making the bottom too close to the top for comfortable boating. Dumping litter and rubbish by the canal results in it getting blown into the canal and is as bad as dumping it into the water.
We could continue to add to the list but we’re sure you’ve got the gist by now.
If you see a pollution incident you can report it to the Environment Agency on 0800 807060. Other incidents you can report in to our friendly customer services team on 03030 404040 or by filling in our contact form.
Thanks in advance for helping us keep our canals flowing and safe for all.
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