CANALS TO SOAK UP FLOOD­WA­TER

Practical Boat Owner - - Regional News -

Work has started on build­ing Europe’s first ever ‘smart canal’ flood pre­ven­tion scheme which will use the 250-year-old Forth & Clyde Canal.

The £17 mil­lion project by Scot­tish Canals, Scot­tish Wa­ter and Glas­gow City Coun­cil will use a dig­i­tal sur­face wa­ter drainage sys­tem to drain 110 hectares of land in Glas­gow for re­gen­er­a­tion and de­vel­op­ment, in­clud­ing 3,000 new homes.

Sen­sor and pre­dic­tive weather tech­nol­ogy will be in­stalled to pro­vide ad­vanced warn­ing of heavy rain­fall. This will au­to­mat­i­cally trig­ger a low­er­ing of the canal wa­ter level through chan­nels and drainage ponds to cre­ate ca­pac­ity for sur­face wa­ter run-off. The project will also see the Forth & Clyde Canal con­nected to five new sites in­clud­ing Cowlairs and Dun­dashill.

The project will open up the north of Glas­gow

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