Glasgow City Council and project partners have marked the construction of Europe’s first ever ‘smart canal’ scheme, using technology to mitigate flood risk.
Susan Aitken, leader of Glasgow City Council, said that the pioneering £17 million project will unlock 110 hectares across the north of the city for investment, regeneration and development, paving the way for more than 3,000 new homes.
The project, being delivered alongside Scottish Canals and Scottish Water will use sensor and predictive weather technology to provide early warning of wet weather before moving excess rainfall from residential and business areas into stretches of the canal where water levels have been lowered by as much as 10cm. This will create 55,000 cubic metres of extra capacity for floodwater – equivalent to 22 Olympic swimming pools.
Watch a short video explaining the operation of Glasgow’s Smart Canal: