Could your region be next to face restrictions on water usage or a hosepipe ban?
With July 2022 been one of the hottest and driest July's on record with just 24% of the average rainfall at 15.8mm (0.6in) and temperatures reaching 40 degrees Celsius its no surprise that reservoirs are well below average and our green Great British landscape is looking dry and scorched.
With many water authorities imposing hosepipe bans and restrictions on water usage including Southern water, Manx Utilities, Welsh Water and South East Water with Thames water issuing notifications that if rainfall doesn't increase restrictions will soon apply in London and surrounding areas. Yorkshire Water is now the 5th company to issue a hosepipe ban which will come in to force 26th April 2022,
What does a hosepipe ban mean? A hosepipe ban means that the use of water outdoors is restricted, the goal of a hosepipe ban is to conserve water for activities deemed less essential by asking customers to reduce their daily water usage to make sure that there is enough water for drinking, showering, fire fighters and environmental remediation. during a hosepipe ban persons reported using hosepipes or sprinkles without prior authorisation to do so may face fines.
Water authorities across the UK are engaging with their customers to get across simple changes we can all make in our daily lives to save water.
Some ways to save water inside the house are :-
Some ways to save water in the garden :-
The UK has faced several years of hotter dryer summers, its time for everyone one to try save water when and where they can, taking small steps by everyone can make a big difference to the overall amount of water used within a region. Whether its switching to a shower or installing a water butt there is something everyone can do to reduce their water usage.
The kids at Lady Elizabeth Hastings school in Thorp Arch near Wetherby have a great new activity garden built by a team of willing Parents. They have no water supply down there so they’ve built a Playhouse to collect rainwater in their Rainwater Terraces. They can’t wait to get planting!
Rainwater Terrace water butts come in a range of sizes that includes this low level water butt which is the perfect height for children to get involved in recycling rainwater whilst growing herbs, flowers and salad vegetables in the self watering planter pods.
In long dry spells you may need to top up the water in the Planter trays that the side and top planters take their water from. Hopefully you can use water stored in the Rainwater Terrace but if not just use tap water. Each tray holds about 2.5 litres of water before it overflows into the container below.
We love to shout about how great we think Rainwater Terrace water butts are but we love it even more when we receive such great feedback from our valued customers.
Don't take our word for it, see what some of our customers think.
Verified customer reviews received between 2015 and 2021.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 April 2015
When installing a Rainwater Terrace water butt its good to know each water butt comes with a rainwater diverter which fits (65mm square and 68mm round downpipes) and a water butt stand.
It is essential that you set a Rainwater Terrace water butt up on a hard flat level surface, we recommend a 600mm x 600mm paving slab this is because when full a 200 litre water can weigh around 250kg
Each water butt kit comes with a top planter, side planters and capillary mats which ensure the plants can wick water from the water trays at each level.
With the current warm dry weather in the UK and the threat of hosepipe bans now could be the perfect time to install a water butt ready for the next rainfall. An average UK roof can collect 24000 litres (Quote RHS -Even in dryer parts of the country, the Royal Horticultural Society says 24,000 litres of water could be collected each year from the roof of an average house.)
Plastic water butts don’t have to be ugly and hidden away.
Design 4 plastics have developed their own parented Rainwater Terrace water butt in response to the SuDS (Sustainable drainage system) Initiatives.
The current dry weather is brining into sharp focus the importance of saving rainwater with the potential for hosepipe bans, parched gardens and flash flowing when it does eventually rain.
Rainwater Terrace collects and stores rainwater for watering those thirsty plants, keeps it fresh and bedecked with plants, becomes a useful feature rather than an eyesore.