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4 Simple Steps to Rainwater Recycling

In our latest blog you can learn how to recycle rainwater for you garden. As we all strive to make our lives more sustainable, rainwater recycling is one way in which you can reduce your environmental impact and save money at the same time.

Rainwater Harvesting or Rainwater Recycling as it’s commonly known, quite simply means the process by which rain water is collected and prepared for reuse. Rainwater Harvesting for your garden can be broken down into 4 steps, Rainwater Collection, Rainwater Storage, Rainwater Treatment and Rainwater Distribution. 

4 Simple Steps to Rainwater Recycling


Install the Gutter Mate Divert & Filter

Every rainwater harvesting system should start with the Gutter Mate Diverter & Filter, which applies the first phase of filtration to rainwater diverted from the downpipe. A mesh insert can also be purchased for further filtration. 50cm hose provided with purchase. 


 4 Simple Steps to Rainwater Recycling

Choose Your Waterbutt

We sell a wide range of waterbutts ranging from 100L up to 250L capacity. There are also plenty of different styles to choose from depending on your personal taste, garden size and shape. Slimline or wallmounted waterbutts are great for small gardens. Waterbutt prices start from £45.  If you want to collect more rainwater we also sell tanks.


4 steps to rainwater recycling

Waterbutt Treatment

Gutter Mate’s Water Treatment Solution ensures the rainwater collected in your waterbutt or tank is fresh and ready for use. It prevents algae, contamination & smells. One bottle of treatment costs just £9.99 and it will also help to prevent your hose from discolouring.


 4 Simple Steps to Rainwater Recycling

Pump it!

If you’re happy using a good old fashioned watering can then you can skip this part, but if you’d rather connect a hosepipe and use the spray gun, then a water pump is required. The type of waterbutt pump you require will depend on the length of your hose/size of your garden.


The Four Seasons of Rainwater Collection

Ideas & Tips for Re-using Rainwater in Summer, Autumn, Winter & Spring

Rainwater in the summer

What’s next for this summer?

If you run out of water during a dry spell, it’s the ideal time to inspect and clean your water butt or tank. It’s also the time when you should consider how you use your rainwater harvesting system and ideas you may have for modifying it.

Modifying your system at a time when your tank is empty saves you loosing water if you have to drain down later.

If you have sludge or silt at the bottom of the tank, has it started to smell since the water has gone or did it smell with the water in it? If so, you should consider the Plan T water treatment.

If you don’t already have a Gutter Mate Rainwater Filter now’s the time to get one. If you want the best quality filtration, also purchase the Fine Mesh Insert accessory.

Rainwater in the autumn

Throughout autumn, leaves and moss will invade your guttering and water butt, if protection is not in place.
The most efficient and cost effective solution is to fit the Gutter Mate Filter, which will provide three benefits:

  • The Gutter Mate will eliminate the need to climb ladders or steps to clean gutters
  • The Gutter Mate will filter all the water going to your water butt or tank
  • The Gutter Mate will protect your soakaway from silting up

As rainfall increases and the growing season comes to an end, you can use the excess rainwater for a variety of tasks, such as washing the car or feeding your house plants.

Autumn and winter months are the dirtiest for cars, especially if the Highways Departments are salting the roads – so you’ll need to wash off the salt as quickly as possible to avoid corrosion or damage to wheel arches and the underside of the car, as they’re the most vulnerable.

A high pressure car wash should do the trick.

Rainwater in the winter

Batten down the hatches – what will you do with the excess rainwater water?

Don’t waste it by putting it into the drains!  This not only creates additional costs for the water companies, but in extreme rain conditions can cause the sewage treatment works to overload, therefore forcing the water company to allow raw sewage into the nearest river.

The solution is to put the excess water back into the ground, either by means of a soakaway or a system of irrigation pipes laid on the surface of the ground around your garden. The advantage of irrigation is that it disperses the water over the full area of your garden. When spring arrives, the soil will be well watered for your plants to get a good start for the growing season.

If necessary, excess water can also provide the opportunity to empty your water butts and tanks for cleaning, although the lack of water butt or tank use will have them quickly filling up again.

Rainwater in the spring

If you start your growing season early with seed planting or bringing on plants under cover, the demand for water starts as soon as the seeds germinate.

Make sure there are no leaks on your butts and tanks and that your watering equipment is serviced and in good condition for the spring and summer.

If in the past you’ve been watering by hand it may be the time to consider automating your watering. Gutter Mate provide a  solar irrigation kit, that will ensure your plants will not dry out if and when you go on holiday.

It might be a good idea to use the rainwater in your pressure washer to clean the patio (and other yard areas) in preparation for the summer.

If you have a pond, it may need refilling to freshen up the plants and fish. Excess rain water can also be channelled into your pond to keep the water fresh on a daily basis too.

Re-using rainwater throughout the year

If you have any questions about re-using rainwater during the four seasons, please contact us