Leeds & West Yorkshire

Leeds-Liverpool canal boaters told to go in pairs

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Image caption Canal boats save water by going through locks two at a time

British Waterways is urging boaters on the Leeds-Liverpool canal to go through locks two at a time.

The organisation is putting preventative measures in place to conserve water after a recent dry spell.

Canal users are being encouraged to be diligent and ensure they do not waste water.

It wants to avoid a repeat of last year, when it had to close part of the canal to replenish reservoirs.

A British Waterways spokesperson said it was "optimistic" that it would not have to close the canal this year.

However, she added: "Water resources are scarcer across the country and it's important that canal users take due care."

The Leeds-Liverpool canal is built on a slope with the reservoirs at the top and the water flowing out into the River Aire.

By doubling up each time they pass through a lock, canal boaters minimise the amount of water that is taken from the reservoirs.

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