A water butt can help you out when there is a hosepipe ban.

Could your region be next to face restrictions on water usage or a hosepipe ban?

hosepipe sprayer with blue head spraying water in a garden

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 :-

  • Turn the tap off when brushing teeth so not to run water down the sink.
  • Have a shower instead of a bath which can half the water usage compared to taking baths.
  • Use a bowl to wash dishes/fruit/vegetables this water can then be saved and used to water plants in the garden or house.

Some ways to save water in the garden :-

  • Install a water butt in your garden, the water collected will be an ambient temperature which is perfect for plants and seedlings. its also great for topping up ponds, birdbaths and water dishes for small mammals. 
  • Use a watering can, filling a watering can and watering just the plants that require water will use much less that having a hosepipe running.
  • Apply mulch over your boarders, this is great for locking moisture in keeping your plants happy for longer between watering or rainfall.

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.






Water butts in schools are great to get children playing and learning about saving rainwater

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!

school water butt with planters

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.

Water butts over the drier months.

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.


water butt planter with capillary wicks topped up in summer months

One of the best water butts for 2021

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.

black water butt with planters filling a watering can


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

Ok it's main function is as a water butt and for that purpose its rather expensive when compared to its competitors Butt (sic) a lot of thought has gone into the design of this. With a few well chosen plants this will enhance any corner or wall it is up against and not become an eyesore as a lot of butts are. To begin with it comes in a box that approx 2 by 2 by 2 foot so it is easy to handle. The instructions are very easy to understand and provided that where you are placing it is exactly level (a 2 by 2 paving slab is ideal) the only tools you will need is a drill and screwdriver for the safety clip and a saw to cut the downpipe to fit the diverter. If I have any complaint its that the diverter pipe was a touch small but that's an easy matter to solve. As with other water butts you can have a number of these butts side by side with a simple joining pipe (sold separately) or you can install another section on top (Max 3 tiers) In short I'm very happy with this purchase. :)
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 19 July 2020
A very comprehensively filled box delivered by Amazon. After some head scratching over the instruction booklet the butt was quickly assembled and ready for action. Yes you can spend less money for a water butt but by the time you've added a pedestal and tap is it really so much cheaper? And with the Rainwater Terrace you have so much more functionality. We have our butt positioned just outside the kitchen door so it's easy to recycle any clean water (thinking running the hot tap to fire up combi boiler here). Also think it's important to buy British in the new 'normal' of 2020.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 7 July 2019
Brilliant product and just what we were looking for. can't believe more variations of this aren't on the market. Would certainly recommend to anyone.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 April 2020
Anyone with a reasonable DIY ability can assemble this great piece of kit in under two hours.
Innovative, no leaks, came earlier than expected, looks great.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 May 2016
Brilliant bit of kit I would recommend this to anyone. The best part is the recycling of the contained water. If it's full, it will continue to accept water at the top and empty older water at the bottom keeping the contents fresh.
A great idea well thought out.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 October 2017
Great product - set up in an afternoon and full in a week. NB needs a properly levelled surface to sit on and comes with a black rain water diverter



Installing a water butt to beat the drought

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.) 

134 litre black water butt with planters and bee friendly planting

Rainwater Terrace water butts from the beginning

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.

water butt design and development from concept to production