Rain water


I have a rain water butt but I don’t like using the water on my veggies as it smaells like a sewer is there anything I can do to purify it…

Also it makes the leaves on flowers go brown help


Try keepng the lid on. Downside is that it breeds the mozzies if it gets hot. We now have a pump and don’t need to haul watering cans full from our 4 x 500lt butts and we need to get more as we have cut three downpipes and fed them into a new one and they soon fill up. Trouble is the rear of our house looks like an oil refinery!

Hi John, we do this everytime, I guess it is because the rain is coming off a 200 year old roof and also due to the fact that it isn’t used while it is raining so it is standing for a week or so and it is becoming stagnant

Hi Roz i had a similar problem back in the uk, when i emptied the butt out it had algae growing inside so perhaps a good clean out may solve the problem bit messy and smelly but cheaper than new butt

it is about 9 years old and plastic John

How old is your water butt is it metal or plastic

Charcoal filtering would be a possibilty http://www.godlikeproductions.com/forum1/message366842/pg1