Get wa­ter wise this win­ter

Country Smallholding - - Resilient Growing -

The months of soar­ing, Mediter­ranean-like tem­per­a­tures may seem like a dis­tant, al­most un­real mem­ory now the day­light hours are short and the rain plen­ti­ful, but let us not for­get. With in­creas­ing ex­tremes of weather the new norm, it is im­por­tant to be pre­pared for al­most any­thing.

Right now there­fore, with wa­ter in such abun­dant sup­ply, is the per­fect time to think wa­ter col­lec­tion.

Butts are in­ex­pen­sive to buy and you may be sur­prised by how much can be col­lected in a very short space of time from the roofs of your home and out­build­ings. I, for one, will be up­ping my col­lec­tion ef­forts ten­fold and in­vest­ing in many more along­side a moveable wa­ter pump to en­able me to eas­ily dis­trib­ute the wa­ter when I need it with min­i­mum ef­fort.

You will face less mul­ti­ple wa­ter­ing can­car­ry­ing jour­neys back and forth, more at­tach­ment to the hose pipe or sprin­kler sys­tem and away you flow. These pumps can fur­ther be used to dis­trib­ute bath and pad­dling pool wa­ter in sum­mer time, so they are a sen­si­ble in­vest­ment.

There are also un­der­ground wa­ter col­lec­tion sys­tems that are worth con­sid­er­ing if, like me, your pri­vate wa­ter sup­ply ran al­most en­tirely dry this sum­mer.

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