It was not long after we moved into our new house, when we decided to install a water-butt to collect rainwater at the back of the house. We are convinced that it’s a good way to save water with a water-butt if you have a garden.
We chose a 180 litre water-butt, as it fits neatly into the corner next to our back chimney. We were lucky when buying the water-butt, as there was a 2 for 1 offer on, so we also got one for our neighbours.
The installation was really easy. With a little hand saw, we cut through our down pipe at about the height where the connector to fill the water-butt will be positioned, put that connector into the pipe and pushed the two pipes back together again.
The water connector needs to be at the same height as the maximum level of water in the water-butt. If it is too low, the water-butt will never fill completely and if it’s too high, the water-butt will flow over.
After connecting the flexible pipe from the water connector to the water-butt, we were done.
The next rain filled the water-butt and we could use it. In the summer, the amount of water lasts for watering all our fruit and vegetables for about three to four times. However, during the period of the hose pipe ban in the summer, the water-butt was quickly empty and it took a long time for the rain to fill it up again. But that is normally no problem here in the UK.