Posts Tagged ‘water charges’

RAINWATER HARVESTING FROM A POLYTUNNEL – 3rd wk in April 2015

Other than a barrel connected to a gutter downpipe, our rainwater harvesting plans are still largely DSC07117to be realised. Amongst these plans, are ideas to harvest rainwater which falls on the polytunnel.

While visiting a cousin in England, we came across this ingenious guttering on each side of a polytunnel. Nothing like the metering of , and paying for, mains water to focus the mind.

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RAIN WATER BUTTS A FIRST STEP IN RAIN WATER HARVESTING – 4th week in September 2014

The torrential rain showers which are now a more frequent indicator of climate change in Ireland, quickly fill any regular water butt. What we really need are large enclosed rainwater harvesting tanks, preferably buried underground. However, such items are much more costly than the regular water butts which DIY stores are busy selling at the moment.

The water butts serve a useful purpose in the garden nonetheless. Watering cans are quickly filled by dipping them in rather than waiting for the tap fixture to fill a can up. The cats certainly prefer drinking the rain water from a dish rather than the mains water. It is likely than plants in the greenhouse prefer the rainwater too.

Surprisingly easy to install, these water butts come complete with stand. All that is required is a hack saw to cut the down pipe and a pliers to rig up the connection pipe.

Surprisingly easy to install, these water butts come complete with stand. All that is required is a hack saw to cut the down pipe and a pliers to rig up the connection pipe.

 

COMPOST TOILET – A WAY TO CUT DOWN ON WATER CHARGES – 3rd wk in April 2014

Having moved to a bigger exposed plot we need to plant more trees to shelter our kitchen gardening from the wind blowing in from the Saltee Islands. One way to encourage tree growth is  a mulch in the spring with well rotted compost or manure.

With this in mind, it was great to check out a clean and smell free compost toilet in the Eco-Village in Cloughjordan, Co. Tipperary recently. If one has the space and is even a mediocre handyperson, a compost toilet is a good idea. No flushing of litres of drinking quality water after answering Nature’s call will save money once the water charges kick in. The resulting good compost for mulching the trees can also save money, previously spent  on buying  bags of commercial compost

This compost toilet has a two chamber concrete block base. One chamber is in use which the other is closed to allow contents to compost for a year before becoming  useable as a tree mulch.

This compost toilet has a two chamber concrete block base. One chamber is in use which the other is closed to allow contents to compost for a year before becoming useable as a tree mulching material.

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Once we finish building the cob oven, the construction of a compost toilet like the Tipperary model in the picture will be next on the project list.