Today I’m looking at saving water in the garden. We have recently added two water butts One 300-litre beast in the back garden and one smaller 100-litre butt in the front garden. For the last week, I’ve been watering purely using the butts. Granted it has rained lots but as I’ve got quite a few newly planted trees and shrubs I want to make sure they are staying damp. At the bottom end, you can pay £30 for a cheap butt to make a big difference.
Installing a butt has many advantages both for the environment and practical:
- If you’re on a water metre it saves money. In the future more of us may be put on metres if droughts continue. Get prepared!
- Less water is taken out of rivers for drinking water. Up to 70% of the water from our taps is used for gardens at peak times. This means water companies have to drain streams and groundwater reducing valuable habitats for many species.
- Most plants prefer rainwater to tap water, particularly if you live in an area of hard water like me.
- It can save time and effort walking to the tap. This has helped me in the front garden where I have to walk a long way around.
- It’s estimated if everyone in the UK used a butt we could save a reservoir worth of water.
- It saves energy. Water treatment plants use up lots of energy so butts help save energy.
- It potentially reduces flood risk. As you are reducing the water going down the drain it helps stop the drains get full.
Hope this inspires you to add one if you don’t already have a butt. We’ve already had one person in the neighbourhood say they’ve ordered one having seen ours at the front which is great news.