Tenants have the opportunity to request the gifting and installation of a free water butt for their property. This will be on a ‘first come, first served basis’.
You can also call the Havebury telephone number on 0300 3300 900 (options 2, 1, 1) however, afternoon calls are preferred.
The benefits of a water butt include;
- Rainwater has no minerals or chemicals added which ensures it is much ‘kinder’ to plants than tap water.
- Lowering the demands on main water supplies.
- Collecting rainwater can reduce your monthly bills during peak summer seasons.
- Much more enviromentally friendly and ecological.
PLEASE NOTE: Havebury will supply and fit the initial water butt whilst making the necessary changes to the guttering downpipe at the time of fitting. Havebury are gifting the water butt and will not fix it or replace it if it breaks. This is a one off item as voted for by the Havebury Housing Tenants’ Forum.
So how can a free water butt really help you?
“Plants need the most water in hot, dry and windy weather. This is usually when water companies are least able to meet demand. Plants are most vulnerable to shortages of water when they are first planted when their roots have not yet established into the deeper, moister layers of soil. Newly planted shrubs, trees herbaceous perennials, seedlings, annuals and vegetables will all need watering to be managed carefully until their roots establish.
Water resources in the UK are under pressure from climate change and population growth. Gardeners should therefore use mains water as sparingly as they can.
Even in dry districts, 24,000 litres (5280 gallons or 150 water butts) could be collected from the roof each year. However, most water falls in winter, and would have to be stored for use in summer. During a dry spell, at first the shortfall is met from soil reserves, and then from deeper ground water as the soil can act as a wick to draw water upwards”. (information taken from the RHS website find out more here)
Find out how else you can save water in your home.