Saving Water in the Garden
Our Top Tips
Water use in the garden accounts for 7% of your total water use. In summer this can rise to over 50%. Follow this simple advice to save water use in the garden
Hosepipes use approx. 10 litres of water per minute!
- Use a watering can instead, it’s more accurate
- Water early in the morning or late in the evening; less water will evaporate and more will go to the plant roots
- Fit your hosepipe with a trigger nozzle so it only runs when you need it
- Use a bucket and sponge instead to wash your car
Collect rain water in a water butt.
- A standard water butt can collect approx. 5,000 litres of rain water per year
- Plants prefer rain water
- Your roof collects tens of thousands of litres of rainwater every year
More Water Tips
Garden sprinklers use approx. 15L/min. It uses as much in one hour as the average person uses in a WEEK.
- Don't waste water on paths and patios - if it doesn't grow, don't water it!
- Use a brush to clean paths, patios and driveways, not a hose
- Insulate exposed water pipes to prevent them freezing and bursting
- Shut off the supply to an outside tap and drain it, if possible
- Check outside taps for drips and replace worn washers
- Know where your stop valve is, in case of a burst' it’s usually under the sink, on the hall, bathroom or garage