Collecting water from downpipes

We had this tip passed to us by our allotment officer and felt it was too good not to share – (thanks Fiona).

If you have a downpipe against your building it is quite possible, with a little ingenuity, to collect rainwater. Perfect for flushing toilets but please don’t drink it. You could even go a step further and get hold of or improvise a water butt. In heavy rain you can collect a lot of water this way in a short space of time.

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2 Responses to “Collecting water from downpipes”


  1. 1 AN Other 27 July 2007 at 3:38 pm

    We disconnected our downpipe and feed it into our (empty) wheely bin. This works very well.

  2. 2 cheltenhamboroughcouncil 27 July 2007 at 4:51 pm

    Great idea, we’ve heard of others doing this too. It’s surprising how much water you can collect when it rains.


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