Improving facilities on the waterways
Boaters using the UK’s canals and rivers are being asked to help gather evidence of where water and waste facilities might be inadequate or completely absent.
The Inland Waterways Association (IWA) maintains that water points, rubbish and sewage disposal should be available at least every five hours’ cruising time, with pump out available every 10 hours’ cruising time.
It has launched its GapTracker campaign to try to build up an accurate picture of facilities available on the waterways, and plans to take its findings to navigation authorities to encourage them to provide new or additional amenities.
The IWA added that over the last few years some boaters’ facilities have been closed, leaving gaps in the network.
The chairman of the IWA’s navigation committee, Steve Warwicker said it was vital the campaign was as widereaching as possible, including waterways not connected to the main system.
He also urged boaters to use exiting amenities to show there is a demand for services, adding it was already pushing for more recycling points.
Boaters can report their findings via the GapTracker form at waterways.org.uk/ gaptracker or email them to IWA Campaigns Officer, Alison Smedley at alison.smedley@ waterways.org.uk.
The IWA said closures of some facilities have left boaters without adequate water points, rubbish and sewerage disposal