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.