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The Birmingham Canal Navigations (BCN) are at a higher level than all the joining canals so water must be supplied from reservoirs or by pumping. A pumping station near Bradley Workshops lifts water from underground springs to supply the Wednesbury Oak Canal and, through that canal, the Wolverhampton Level of the BCN.
The fresh water from the springs combined with the limited boat traffic along the canal make for exceptionally clear water where the bottom is visible for most of the length.