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Recycling water

June 29th, 2007 by Karsten

Recycling water is something I’m quite sure that most allotmenteers do anyway - but for those of you who doesn’t - I decided to include this article anyway. If you’re already recycling water on your allotment plot - keep reading though! You may still learn something :-)

The obvious thing to do - when it comes to recycling water - is to collect rainwater from the roof of your shed(s) and greenhouse(s). If you haven’t got a gutter fitted already - it’s not a big job to do - and in the long run it will save you a lot of time not having to fill your water butts using a hose pipe.

If you have a large area under roof - you may consider linking up a number of water butts - which is easily done by connecting the overflow from your first water butt to the bottom of the next one with a piece of hose pipe. Gravity will do the rest.

Another way of recycling water is to use the much underused ressource of grey water. Grey water is water that has already been used in the home for washing and bathing. It’s easy to reuse this water in your garden or on your allotment plot, as long as you stick to a few simple rules:

  • Never re-use water which has strong chemicals or detergents in it, as it’s too contaminated. Water from baths and showers is fine.
  • Always allow the water to cool off before re-using it
  • Vary where you use it in your garden or on your plot.
  • Never use it on edible crops or leaves

I know the above rules may rule out the use of grey water for a lot of allotmenteers - but for those of you who grow cut flowers etc. - limited use shoud be fine, and the re-use of grey water applies to those of you who has a garden of your own as well as an allotment plot.

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