Im­prov­ing fa­cil­i­ties on the wa­ter­ways

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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

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