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There are a number of reservoirs in the County. The Canal & River Trust manage Stanley, Knypersley, and Rudyard, which feed the Caldon Canal. They also manage Knighton beside the A5 and Belvide, which feed the Shropshire Union, as well as Gailey Upper, Gailey Lower and Calf Heath reservoirs all of which feed the Staffs & Worcs Canal.

Staffordshire County Council has recently taken over the management of Chasewater (which feeds the Birmingham Canal Navigations) when Lichfield District Council were unable to meet the cost of repairs.

Deep Hayes Pool is a former drinking water reservoir that is no longer used for water supply. It forms part of Staffordshire County Council's Deep Hayes Country Park beside the Caldon Canal. There are also Tittesworth and Blithfield reservoirs, both drinking water supply reservoirs (Severn Trent Water and South Staffs Water respectively) both in Staffordshire and both, like Chasewater, have facilities for sailing and other watersports. Rudyard is home to a Sailability Centre, which provides opportunities for young disabled people to enjoy learning to sail.

Sailability on Rudyard Lake

Sailability on Rudyard Lake. Photo courtesy Waterway Images Ltd.