Why Recycled Water?
Long periods of heavy rain seem to be becoming more and more common across the UK and, although not pleasant in our day to day life, it offers the perfect opportunity to benefit from recycled water in the garden.
There is, of course, the other end of the spectrum as well where we find ourselves under the dreaded ‘hosepipe ban’ in periods of prolonged heat during the summer months. Recycled water from prolonged periods of heavy rain can also offer extra water during these lighter periods as well.
Below we offer five great ways to promote the use of recycled water in your own garden.
1. Permeable Slabs:
These are great.
“Permeable paving is a range of sustainable materials and techniques for permeable pavements with a base and subbase that allow the movement of stormwater through the surface. In addition to reducing runoff, this effectively traps suspended solids and filters pollutants from the water.”
You get the idea.
2. Free-Flowing Water Butts:
Recycled water has been collected in water butts for what seems like forever.
Modern butts can be connected to gutter down-pipes with many coming complete with taps.
However, we think the best way to utilise the water butt is to place it in a flower bed and allow the water collected to free flow over the open top and water the plants at the same time.
3. Floral Roofs:
Decorative and practical and obviously the idea is that the planted surface collects and uses the water to keep the plantings alive and looking great.
Planted roofs are perfectly suited to garages, sheds and outbuildings like summer houses and log cabins.
They also have the benefit of keeping the inner space warmer in winter and cooler in summer.
4. Rain Chains:
These originated and are used widely in Japan and are formed from either series of chain links or a strip of linked cup-like containers.
They direct rain water from the roof down to storage containers, ponds or simply to the ground itself.
They can easily be made yourself very cheaply or you can go all out and buy one of the stunning designs available on the market today.
5. Water Storage Tank:
Bigger than the simple water butt and very often installed underground and fed through pipes and the water is then recycled for use in the house and/or garden.
They can be bought for a variety of different sizes of outdoor space and above ground options are available as well.
Common uses are to top up pools and ponds, cleaning cars and even for domestic purposes.
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Get more great recycling ideas from us in Don’t Bin It – Recycle It.