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Installing a Water Butt

water butts

Just one water butt holds enough rainwater to fill a watering can 25 times and the annual average rainfall in the South West can fill your butt up hundreds of times. Plants much prefer rainwater than tap water and using less tap water if you’re on a meter helps save money on your water bills.


You’ll also be helping the water companies as it means they will take less water from rivers and our environment in order to provide drinking water supplies



You’ll need a water butt connector kit to go with your water butt.


1.Pick  a suitable and convenient downpipe for your water butt and place the water butt stand beneath it. Place the water butt on the stand and mark its height on the downpipe with a pencil or marker.

Next, cut the downpipe 3 centimetres (cm) below this point with a hacksaw.

2. Attach the rainwater diverter fitting to the downpipe. The cut section of downpipe fits onto the bottom of the diverter.

3. Measure 8cm down from the top of the water butt and mark the spot., this is where you drill a hole for your water butt connector.

4. Attach the connector to the water butt by pushing it through the drilled hole.

If fittings are provided with the water butt kit, screw them into place.

5. Attach the water butt connector to the rainwater diverter with the provided fittings that came with the water butt. Put the lid on the water butt and if it has a lock then lock it into place.

You're now ready to go!

Posted by Charlie Groves

Charlie is the manager at Groves Nurseries.  He is the 6th generation of C.W. Groves to run the garden centre. 

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