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Wednesday, 29 July 2015

IBC Tank Water Butt

Back when we were replacing the wall, I also acquired a 1000L IBC water tank. I brought it on ebay for £30 from a nearby farmer and her delivered it next day, on a bank holiday! As we are on a water meter I wanted a better source of watering the plants which wasn't going to cost me a fortune, so this seemed like a perfect idea.

Andy built us 2 walls down the side of the house where the chicken used to live. This was obviously the best place for it to go as this space is pretty wasted at the moment.


More importantly though it is next to two garages and we already have guttering from them running along there into a drain by our fence. And actually the bit over the fence leaked badly so we were desperate to change it. No way we wanted our brand new fence ruined!


More importantly though it is next to two garages and we already have guttering from them running along there into a drain by our fence. And actually the bit over the fence leaked badly so we were desperate to change it. No way we wanted our brand new fence ruined! You can see the guttering just about at the top of the above picture!

We then cut the last sleeper in half, rested it between the walls then put the tank on top... Then, as you do, stole the neighbours hose (with permission of course) to give us a head start!!


As we did with the greenhouse water butt, Scott drilled a hole in the top of the tank near the back and installed a over flow pipe which leads down into the massive hedge in our front garden. For ages we didn't really know how quick it would fill as we didn't have much rain. Then last friday came and it poured down all day. It must have been half full and it not only filled but overflowed in a day!! It was fustrating actually as the council had come round and cut all the grass and obviously noticed the overflow pipe and had curled it up round the hedge.... no idea why as it was out of the way of their land, just sits in our hedge but because of that it wasn't working. As soon as we realised and uncurled it worked as it should have done!

1000 litres of water sounds like an awful lot but it's suprising how quickly you can go through it. On a particularly sunny day, to water all of the fruit, veg, and flowers I have easily used 8-10 watering cans... thats about 90L. It would have been costing me 18.85p every garden water and for every cubic metre of water we collect, we save £2.09.

 That doesn't actually seem that much but if your watering the garden every day, that's £1.32 a week, £5.28 a month and £63.36 a year!

Okay, I won't be watering every day but still, it pays for itself quickly enough!


And as a result, my greens look as healthy as this!

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