Water butts can be expensive, but you’ll get your money back soon enough with what you save on the meter, and of course your garden will benefit from the rainwater.
At Palmstead we rely heavily on water. On an average year (remember those?) we use around 67 million litres; so it’s in our interests to use it sparingly and harvest as much as we can.
We currently have two reservoirs which can hold 55 million litres (that’s 22 Olympic sized swimming pools, campers…) and a third under construction.
We have mostly computer-controlled irrigation systems running to drippers, sprays, rotators, overhead sprinklers, flood tables and even humans using hose pipes. (They’re not computer controlled).