Low water on the Terrible Six

Published: Wednesday, 17 November 2021

WHAT must be the first time ever there is low water at the six broad locks on the Trent & Mersey Canal.

Well known to boaters as the 'Terrible Six' due to the effort needed to move both gates and paddles, these locks are guaranteed a plentiful supply of water as being river fed from the Trent.

alrewas trent2Low water levels

The notice from Canal & River Trust states 'low water levels on the Trent & Mersey Canal, in particular between Derwent Mouth Lock and Stenson Lock'. The notice however does not state how much of the Trent & Mersey is also affected, but it is to be expected this will be from Alrewas where the Trent crosses and feeds the canal. Pictured.

The broad locks are obviously more susceptible to water shortage than the remaining narrow locks,

The trust's local team is attempting to manage the situation, that the trust states is due to the current climate and lack of rainfall and are thus struggling with water levels to run down and feed the canal.