Preparing a site to install a water butt.

To Install a water butt we recommend that each water butt is installed on a solid level base an example of this is a 60cm x 60cm paving slab.
gravel to lay a paving slab stone in for a water butt
 For this site the gravel was not suitable ground to place a water butt on so we dug down to the hardcore, levelled it off and removed any sharp stones.
level paving slab laid for a water butt stand
The paving slab has been adjusted until it is level on the solid hardcore underneath then backfilled with the gravel to the edges.
60cm x 60cm paving slab base with for a water butt to stand on
The finished site is now ready for the water butt to be installed. The base is a 60cm x 60cm paving stone which is the perfect size for the Rainwater Terrace water butt stand.
We state that a solid level base is important for all our water butts as when full of water soil and plants a 3 tier 200 litre water butt can weigh 250kg 1/4 tonne.
The instructions on how to install the water butt and prepare the site are available here Water Butt Instruction Manuals - Rainwater Terrace® (

Sarah Brayshaw
Sarah Brayshaw