It looks like we might be heading for an “interesting period” canal water wise. The latest Reservoir Watch figures from CRT show levels being OKish for May but in their comments they are clearly fearing things will worsen if this warm weather keeps up.
“We are advising local operational staff on the optimum feed quantities to ensure efficient use of the water available and maximising use of back pumps (where they are installed) to recirculate water used by locks, in case the generally dry weather continues through the summer.
The Trust has carefully prepared contingency plans in place to manage if the situation worsens, and to ensure effective and timely communication to boaters and waterway businesses.”
Last week on the Oxford, it was really strange. People heading south as we were heading back north kept warning us of the low pound below Cropredy – boats aground etc. The bottom is always too near the top along there at the best of times. Then at Kings Sutton (Tarvers) lock we see this.
Water pouring over the top of the gate. I suppose CRT had let some more water in overnight. But, two locks further up it was still pretty low . I don’t quite get that, I thought they let the water in further up the hill. I wonder how many times a day these locks are used in high season. I wouldn’t be surprised if it was twenty five or more. That’s a lot of water when there’s been no rain. I look forward to next month’s Reservoir figures with interest.
I’m off to Denham lock this afternoon to do a spot of rangering, handing out maplets and cycling advice to towpath users. It’ll be busy up there today. See you soon if I don’t melt.