The butt of the matter

28th March 2011 by

Bring on the April showers! The sun has only just emerged so it may seem a bit early to be calling for rain already, butt…

This month we challenge you to collect the drips from your downpipe, the water from your washing up and the rain from your roof. Get a grasp of your greywater and beat the inevitable hosepipe ban.

Chances are that your local water operator will sell you a subsidised water butt. Or do it yourself.

Other ways to water it down in the garden:

  • use a watering can instead of a hose
  • water early morning or in the evening (less water will be lost to evaporation)
  • leave the grass to grow longer (it help keep moisture in the soil)
  • go for infrequent soaks rather than frequent sprinkling (they will encourage roots to search for water deeper in the ground)
  • use your greywater (the washing up water) on non edible plants

Let it rain, then we will make gardens when the sun shines.

Waste not water not

1st March 2010 by
Without water we ain’t got nothing and although this planet is full of it, only a tiny proportion is fresh water. Then bear in mind that every drop of the wet stuff that passed through our pipes, taps, drains and cisterns has been cleaned to drinking standard, using more than a bucketful of energy in the process.

This month we challenge you not to waste a drop of it:

But whatever you do, let us know (email jo@otesha.org.uk). We’ll put your drops of good advice up here and our favourite answer will receive a Fairtrade chocolate bar.

Our favourite water-saving stories

We have it on good authority that the hard-working hosts over at the Hub Islington have fixed their leaky tap. Way to go!

On top of this, we learned through twitter that the Adnam’s brewery harvests their rainwater & uses it to flush their loos and wash their lorries.  This is great news – we love an ethical pint.


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