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Using rainwater in the garden
Lots of us already use rainwater from small water butts or water barrels for our garden watering. But rain collection in a 200 litre butt will not give much drought protection. We offer you bigger tanks at lower prices. We also offer a range of tanks adaptable to different locations: modular wall tanks that fit neatly against the house, large tanks that can be located away from the roof filling it and installed either above or below ground. Our range of accessories makes using rain water storage easier and more pleasurable. Filters and Syphon’s help stop stored water turning blackish and sediment accumulating in tank bases, taps and hoses. Pumps make distribution from the tank easier by maintaining good pressure.
Do you have a patio or some decking? A Flat Tank could fit under your patio or decking and cut the cost of installation dramatically. The Flat Tank concept is perfect for light excavation in smaller gardens with limited access for larger machinery. If you have a spade and can dig a hole, this tank is ideal, especially when hooked up to a pump and filter in one of our systems. Contact us for more information on shallow dig or flat tank garden systems.
Using rainwater in the house
With a little extra investment, rainwater can be used inside to feed WCs and washing machines. Installing a domestic system is more straightforward in a new-build home, but with some alterations to down-pipes and interior plumbing, a system can be added to existing houses. Water tanks of 2000 to 7000 litres are needed for feeding the home and we can supply you with the accessories needed, including pumps, super filters and a mains switchover panel which transfer the rainwater supply system to the mains if the tank runs out. More information about managing rainwater in the home and rainwater in multi-home developments is available.
Imagine yourself in swimming in a pool 7 metre long, 4 wide and 2 deep: not a big pool but large enough to take some good exercise. It contains the amount of water it is estimated you use every year in the UK: 58 400 litres or 160 litres a day. How do we manage to use so much? Well, here are some startling facts...
Water Use in the home Average Bath 100 litresAverage WC use daily 50 litres (old WCs use 9 litres per flush, new dual flush 4 or 2.5 litres)5 min shower 33 litres (more like 100 with a power shower)Leaving tap running E.g. washing up or cleaning teeth. 5 to 10 litres a minuteDishwasher load 25-60 litresClothes washing load 70-120 litres
Water Use outside the home
so that’s about 160 litres down the drain before even going in the garden. Normally outdoor use of water is only 7% of water consumption. But at peak times in a dry summer this rises to 70%. The hosepipe is the villain. Depending on use and pressure, it flows at around 1000 to 1400 litres an hour. Connected to a sprinkler, it is a wasteful and ineffective way of watering. Using a trickle or drip system is a much better way: water is absorbed slowly and penetrates more easily to roots, there is no evaporation and it can be directed to specific plants. And on average a 100 metre length only uses 55 litres an hour.
So with toilets and the washing machine using between 30 to 40% of our water, it makes sense to use rainwater instead of mains water to supply these appliances. And in a drought when we want to use so much more water for gardens and other outdoor uses, it makes sense to use stored rainwater when mains water use might be restricted.
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