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How Much Water Does
Watering the Garden Use?

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With the introduction of Irish domestic water rates it is useful to appreciate how much water we use when we engage in our normal day-to-day activities around the house and garden. For example do you know how much water you use when you water the plants in the garden? And how much does that cost in terms of Euro and Cents now that water rates are being levied?

Watering your Garden- Water Usage and Cost

Firstly, you should note that there is no real need to water your lawn. Even after (some very rare) prolonged drought periods lawns generally bounce back after the first few rain showers. Your use of water in the garden is therefore dependent upon how many bedding plants, plant containers, hanging baskets, etc that you have. These are generally very 'thirsty' during the Summer months. You will also use water to feed your plants for an extended period from Spring to the Autumn. One estimate that we have seen is that even a relatively modest-sized garden will use up to 7,500 litres of water over a 12 month period. At current water rate charges this will cost €17 per annum.

Ways of Saving Water

For two very good reasons it is just plain daft to use drinking water on your garden plants. 1) Rainwater is free and is easy to collect, and 2) plants far prefer rainwater than the treated water that comes from your taps. One of the best ways of saving water and of being kind to your plants is to install a water butt to collect the free rain water that falls onto your roof. The more water barrels that you install the more free water you will collect. Order your Water Butts now.

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