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Hosepipe ban - can I attach a hose to my water butt and water the garden with that?

Discussion in 'Personal' started by mandala1, Apr 6, 2012.

  1. mandala1

    mandala1 Occasional commenter


  2. mandala1

    mandala1 Occasional commenter


  3. nick909

    nick909 Star commenter

    Yes - it's not mains water and you've collected it yourself so you can do what you want with it.
    I'm just not sure the pressure would be sufficient to be worth it. Have you tried it before?
  4. I've just googled as your post reminded me that I'm not sure. They ought to write to us, I think...
    Anyway, googled 'hose pipe ban and areas affected - sent to a page that lists the areas - click on yours to find the full details.
  5. catmother

    catmother Star commenter

    My dad does that in France as they also have very strict hosepipe bans. He's got some kind of electric pump. I assume that you could get one here too.
  6. mandala1

    mandala1 Occasional commenter

    Thanks - my garden is on a slope and the water butts are at the top - I have done this regularly and it's fine, pressure wise.
  7. chocolateworshipper

    chocolateworshipper Occasional commenter

    so long as the water butt is only filled with rainwater, yes. Source: http://www.hosepipeban.org.uk
  8. nick909

    nick909 Star commenter

    That would make sense if you can get one.
    The ban on hosepipes is in place because of the volume of mains water that's used by one, especially when used with a sprinkler which are often left on for hours.
    Using a hosepipe per se isn't banned, surely, just one connected to the mains.
  9. nick909

    nick909 Star commenter

  10. colpee

    colpee Star commenter

    So you can collect rainwater, store it and use it efficiently? You are Just the sort of person missing from water company boardrooms.
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  12. grumbleweed

    grumbleweed Lead commenter

    We have a pump we got for about £25 from Lidl last year which we drop in the water butts, of which we have 5. We dont have any water at the back of our house so it is how we have always watered the garden. We grow our own veg, use water retaining gel and mulch very well.

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