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We have a large water butt in our garden. Unfortunately, it is sited below the height of the garden, so we have to use watering cans to make use of the water.

As we are in our 70s now, we wondered if there is a way we can use the water without having to carry it ourselves, for example, would a pump system and perforated hoses get the water from the butt to the garden.

Please help!

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  • treehugger80treehugger80 Posts: 1,923

    I have a water butt pump that I bought from screwfix about two years ago (was about £40) has saved my back on so many occasions it had paid for itself within months,

    It even has a hose connector and produces enough pressure to reach the top of my sloping garden. Its also excellent for moving water around between half full water butts and my pond.

    really helpful seeing as I have butts attached to the downpipes and then freestanding butts for water storage in dry periods.

    plus i'm on a water meter so in the long run its saved me money.

    Last edited: 20 June 2017 14:51:47

  • artist72artist72 Posts: 1
    clues on how to keep water in butt fresh, please
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 20,598
    artist72 said:
    clues on how to keep water in butt fresh, please
    Keep a lid on it.
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • wild edgeswild edges The north west of south east WalesPosts: 8,047
    Filter the water going in if you can, cover them to stop bits falling in and insects laying eggs in the water, keep sunlight off them and give them a clean whenever they're empty to stop sediment building up in there.
    Some people bring joy wherever they go. Others, whenever they go. - Mark Twain.
  • Bee witchedBee witched Scottish BordersPosts: 948
    Hi Artist72,

    To keep the water in my waterbutts sweet I've put some charcoal briquettes into old pop socks. I've then tied these to the neck of a plastic water bottle  .... half-filled so that it floats but the sock and briquettes are submerged. The floating bottle also stops the water freezing in the butts.

    Bee x
    Bees must gather nectar from two million flowers to make one pound of honey   
  • josusa47josusa47 Posts: 3,532
    edited July 2018

    I have a water butt pump that I bought from screwfix about two years ago (was about £40) has saved my back on so many occasions it had paid for itself within months,

    It even has a hose connector and produces enough pressure to reach the top of my sloping garden. Its also excellent for moving water around between half full water butts and my pond.

    really helpful seeing as I have butts attached to the downpipes and then freestanding butts for water storage in dry periods.

    plus i'm on a water meter so in the long run its saved me money.

    Last edited: 20 June 2017 14:51:47

    Treehugger, please can you give us more details about your pump?  I've just looked at Screwfix's online catalogue and all I can see are petrol and diesel powered pumps which cost hundreds.  I would love to be able to use a hose with my rainbutt, but all the hoses I've tried need mains pressure.

    Someone told me she collects sheep droppings in the field, puts them in an old sock and suspends it in the butt, so plants get fed every time they're watered.  This sounds to me like a good idea, but maybe there are good reasons not to?
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