The reservoirs are now holding 17.7% of their capacity, which is 3.1% more than last week's figure of 14.6%.
British Waterways had said that levels would need to rise to around 20% before they could consider re-opening the 60-mile closed section of canal. However, the figure of 17.7% combined with further rain since the readings were taken has given BW the confidence to re-open part of the canal today and the rest next week. BW has calculated that there is now a less than 10% risk that the reservoirs will not be able to satisfy demand over the rest of the boating "season". The levels are still lower than normal so there will be restrictions on lock opening times.
While Lower Foulridge reservoir is still at just 11.1% of capacity, the other reservoirs are well up. In addition, the holding of Winterburn reservoir is now 76.7%, an increase of 17.9% on the previous week. Winterburn is not included in the figures for the summit reservoirs as there is a statutory obligation to provide compensation water from Winterburn into Eshton Beck, but the high levels mean that some water can be fed into the canal as well.
The reservoir holdings as of 13th September were:
|reservoir||capacity when full||current holding||percentage of capacity||change since last week|
|Lower Foulridge||1,557 million litres||156 million litres||11.1%||up 1.1%|
|Upper Foulridge||442 million litres||97.6 million litres||28.5%||up 6.4%|
|Slipperhill||170 million litres||50.8 million litres||42.5%||up 12.7%|
|Whitemoor||658 million litres||108 million litres||19.4%||up 3.0%|
|average holdings of these 4 reservoirs||17.7%||up 3.1%|
Boats will soon be passing through Greenberfield Locks again.