Did you know that according to Waterwise, in excess of 85,000 litres of rain falls on your roof every year? And with all the rain we have had this summer, I’d imagine it has been a whole lot more. So just think of all that water you could have saved and put to good use if you had installed a couple of water butts? All this rain could have been collected in a water butt and used to water your garden, clean your car and even wash your windows. Water butts come in all shapes and sizes, from mini rainsavers of 700 litres to harvesting tanks of over 1200 litres so you are sure to find one that will fit in your garden.
Typical water use in the garden is around 7% of the total household water use, but in the summer this can rise to over 50% of peak demand, so there are good reasons to install water butts and water saving devices. And not only do they save water, but rainwater is actually better for your plants. Once you have installed a water butt you can use the water by pouring it into watering cans, using it for a drip irrigation system, or connecting a hosepipe to your water butt. This allows for sensible waterwise gardening, while still conserving the precious supply of water. And you should not worry if your lawn goes brown in the summer. Brown lawns are extremely eco-friendly and they do recover immediately after rainfall. Even the Queen has a brown lawn in the summer.
Things not to use are pressure washers as they use a lot of water. If you have to use them do so sparingly and think about what you are doing. If you want to use one to wash your patio furniture or bike, do it on the lawn so the water gets recycled. Sprinklers are also a no no as they can use as much as 1,000 litres of water per hour; this is more than a family of four can use in a whole day. If you must use a sprinkler, water early in the morning or late in the evening when evaporation rates are lowest, and use mulch and bark in your garden to reduce evaporation by up to 75%. Do not forget to turn it off when it is not being used.
You can use bathwater on your garden but not on vegetables or fruit or near children. It can be used for flowers and the lawn and you must use it up immediately. If you have to use a hosepipe then have a trigger nozzle fitted which will halve the water used and direct the water flow to the roots of your plants. Or you can use a watering and significantly reduce the amount of water wasted. Remember if you use a hosepipe to wash your car you will literally waste hundreds of litres of water in just half an hour so get out that bucket and sponge.
Mini Rainsaver Water Butt Kit – £29.99
Limited garden space? The Mini Rainsaver® Water Butt will fit! Just because you’ve got a smaller garden, doesn’t mean you can’t have a water butt! The Mini Rainsaver is ideal for use where space may be at a premium. At just 380mm wide this water butt will fit into even the smallest space in a garden or yard. This slimline space saving mini water butt catches enough rainwater so even the most humble gardens can enjoy nature’s gift. Made from recycled plastic in the UK. Once received, fitting your water butt could not be easier, we supply easy-to-follow fitting instructions.
Cloudburst Water Butt Kit with Link Kit, 95 litre – £42.95
Ideal for your second water butt purchase, this water butt kit can be joined to your existing water butt. Supplied with a linking kit instead of a rain diverter, this kit has been put together for those who wish to join two water butts together in sequence. The large 95 litre capacity will allow you to water a substantial amount of your garden, or wash a number of cars. Contained within the water butt kit is a stand which enables you to fit a watering can under the tap, a child safe lid to ensure those little hands do not get into the wrong place, handles for easy lifting and a tap. Note: This kit is not supplied with a Rain Diverter, so cannot be attached directly to a downpipe.
Harcostar Magnum Water Butt Kit, 350 litre – £90.00
Collect, store and use 350 litres of precious rainwater in this Magnum water butt. Whether sited on the floor or higher up, the Magnum water butt is ideal for filling a watering can. The low and high taps are located at the base of the water butt and 300mm from ground level for convenient use. The Magnum water butt is pre-drilled and plugged in five places; three at the top to allow the fitting of accessories including rain diverter kits and linking kits, and two at the bottom for the fitting of the supplied tap. Fitted with a child-safe lid and tap as standard. Manufactured in the UK from recycled materials. 5 year guarantee.