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Advice on how to use water wisely when outside in the garden


Save Water in the Garden

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Use a watering can instead of a hosepipe

Use a watering can instead of a hosepipe to give your plants a drink - it's more accurate, placing the water where it does most good. Plus if you water early in the morning or late in the evening less of the water you use will evaporate and more will go to the plant roots.

  • A hosepipe uses around 10 litres of water per minute.
  • If you must use a hosepipe fit it with a trigger nozzle so it only runs when you need it.
  • Use a bucket and sponge instead of a hosepipe to wash the car.


Collect rain water - use a water butt

Your roof collects tens of thousands of litres of rainwater every year, which can be collected in the your water butt to give you a ready supply for watering your plants. This is one of the easiest ways to reduce using tap water in your garden and plants actually prefer rainwater! A standard water butt can collect approx. 5,000 litres of rainwater per year.

  • Don't waste water on paths and patios - if it doesn't grow, don't water it!


Save water in the garden

Using water in the garden accounts for around 7% of the total water use of your home, but in summer when the weather is warmer this can rise to over 50%.

  • A garden sprinkler uses around 15 litres/min.  In just one hour, it gets through almost as much as the average person would use in a week.
  • Use a brush to clean paths, patios and driveways, not a hose.
  • Fit insulation to exposed water pipes to prevent them freezing and bursting.
  • If you can, shut off the supply to your outside tap during the winter and drain it.  If there's no water in the pipe, it can't freeze and burst.
  • Often a new washer is all you need to fix a leaking tap - check your outside tap for drips and replace a worn-out washer

In case of a burst, make sure you know where your stop valve is located. It is usually under the sink, in the hall, bathroom or garage.