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Managing our water

Have you ever wondered how there is enough water in your canals? Or what happens to the water every time a boat passes through a lock?

A quick guide to how we manage water

Watch our video to find out more about the work of our hydrology team.

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Millions of people visit the canals every year, and water is the lifeblood of the canals and rivers. Without a reliable water supply and careful management of water levels, the canals and rivers simply couldn't provide the wonderful amenity and environment we all enjoy.

But canals aren't only for boating, the rich wildlife and diverse ecology that thrives on the waterways relies on water too. It's a complex and continuous task to ensure we have enough water, at the right time and in the right place.

Welcome to the world of water management.

Last Edited: 11 August 2023

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