We take it for granted, but clean drinking water is a precious resource. It goes through many processes of filtering and cleaning before it comes out of our taps at home. What a shame that we use clean drinking water to water our gardens or wash our cars when there are other, greener alternatives, the best of which is storing rainwater until it is required. Hoses and sprinklers can use up to 1,000 litres of water an hour – equivalent to more than 12 baths – so rainwater harvesting can be a great way to make you more water efficient and save money all year round.
Using water butts is a great way of utilising a natural resource that is normally in abundance. A rainwater diverter is attached to an existing downpipe which then fills the water butt. Once the butt is full, the diverter continues to let the water pass through the drain pipe as it normally would. This stored water can then be used for other means as and when you wish.
100 Litre and 210 Litre Water Butts