Water butts are a fantastic way to re-use rainwater and can be a stylish addition to any home garden. The average house roof collects around 24,000 litres of water for your garden each year. Water is a valuable resource, and with the increasing global threat of climate change, rainwater harvesting has never been more important. Here at Gutter Warehouse, we supply the full range of water butts, downpipes and guttering systems to support your rainwater needs. All of our rainwater butts have FREE shipping. Read below to find out more about the benefits of using water butts:
- Water butts are a completely free way of harvesting rainwater, thus helping to keep your water bills down. This is especially beenficial if you are on a water meter, and need to be conservative eith the amount of water you are using. On average, spraying plants with water uses 4-6 litres per day. That adds up over time!
- Tap water is filtered, refined and treated before it is available for domestic use. The addition of chemicals such as chlorine, salts, and minerals can have an impact on your carbon footprint. Using a recycled plastic water butt is a fantastic way to use fresh water to treat your plants.
- Longevity – most water butts are crafted to last many years when maintained correctly. This is because they are created with the intention of outdoor use, so durable plastic coatings are used.
- Easy to set up – water butts are incredibly easy to set up. Simply connect them to the downpipe with a few basic tools. No need for any power or batteries, unlike other garden tools. You can get in touch with us for setup guidance: [email protected]
- Plants often thrive better when water from a butt is used because the temperature is ambient (similar to the surrounding environment), as opposed to tap water which is often much colder.
- Great for the environment – not only are most water butts made from recycled plastic, they also save approximately 30,000 million litres of fresh water each summer!
- Subsidisation – Many local councils are now backing schemes to encourage more people to re-use rainwater. This can reduce start-up costs to just £30 for a standard 200-litre water butt. We advise looking on your council’s website to find out if there’s a scheme open to you.
Water Butt FAQs
Yes absolutely. You can get in touch to purchase one of our linking kits. All you need to do is remove one of the two planter caps in the top of the water butt and direct the downpipe into the tank. This provides ~14cm offset perfect if your downpipe is coming down the edge of a wall.
Yes, all of our waterbutts come with free delivery. However, if you are in a remote location such as the Scottish Highlands, please get in touch before placing your order.
You need to make sure that your water butt is protected against the elements. In the winter, you can use materials like bubble wrap to insulate it to stop ice forming. However, ideally you want to invest in a water butt made from UV- resistant materials. The good news is that all of our Water butts come with a UV protected coating, giving you peace of mind when bad weather strikes.
We strongly advise raising your rainwater butt above ground to avoid freezing – you can use a stand to do this.
Water butts which are ‘below ground’ are fully protected by the earth that surrounds them and will not require additional care in the winter months.
It is also important to clean your water butt, especially after rainfall seasons. This is because stagnant water can stink if left in the water butt for long periods.
Make sure to always keep your lid secure too, because if not, mosquitos and other larvae laying insects will leave their eggs inside the butt and breed. We recommend consistent drainage every 7-10 days to prevent them from settling down in your tank.
We advise placing your water butt on a secure stand. This is because most taps are at the bottom of the butt, so this ensures that your watering can fits under the tap.
In addition, you will need to install a rainwater diverter with your water butt. We recommend the Gutter Mate diverter and filter for simple rainwater diversion and filtering.
According to some statistics, up to 24,000 litres of water can be collected in a water tank from a roof every year.
This can be saved and even reused if you want to maintain your garden.
Grey water is also known as domestic wastewater and can be used in the garden for plants. You can collect this water from the washing machine or basins, baths & showers.
‘Black water,’ which is from toilets, should only be used in the sewerage system and never for agricultural purposes. We strongly advise never to use water from septic tanks either.
Household soaps and detergents do not damage plants, but water containing bleaches, disinfectants, dishwasher salt and strong cleaning products should not be used. These can degrade soil quality in the long term.
It is important to note that the rainwater collected by your water butt is not always crystal clean – in fact there are a few things you should do to mitigate the risk of damaging your plants.
In 2018, Public Health England conducted research and discovered that using a watering can to hold water from the butt will reduce the risk of Legionella, an infectious disease that can be caught by anyone, particularly vulnerable elderly people. In addition to this, here at Gutter Warehouse, we recommend taking a few simple actions to minimise health risks:
- Where possible, position the rainwater butt in a darker place, away from the sun. Doing this will ensure the water remains cool, preventing bacteria from growing.
- Make sure that the guttering is clear of any debris as some guttering materials can encourage the growth of bacteria in the collected water.
- Always utilise a watering can. Do not use a fine water spray as this can generate small aerosol particles which can be carried in the wind and inhaled into one’s lungs, resulting in infection.
- Use the water collected by the rainwater butt frequently – keep the water fresh!
- If the water becomes smelly, you can still use it in a watering can. There may be a build-up of debris collected in the bottom of the butt. We advise thoroughly cleaning it out
- Are you using a hose for water? If so, make sure to disconnect it when not in use. This not only saves water, but ensures the water will fully drain out, reducing the risk of the water warming up in the hot sun (this causes bacteria to grow