Drought In The UK

There is no single definition of a drought. However, it can be defined as an extensive period when a region has a deficiency in its water supply, whether this is surface or underground water. Generally a drought occurs when a region has not received its average precipitation for the time of year. A drought can last for months or even years but it can be declared after as few as 15 days. A drought of any length can cause significant damage and harm to the environment, agriculture, health, economy and social factors.

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Rainfall Statistics – UK

  •  1933 was the driest year in the UK in the past 100 years.
  • The wettest place in the UK is Liscombe in Somerset, the village based on Exmoor received a staggering 291mm of rainfall in April 2012
  • April 2012 broke all previous records for rainfall with 122mm of rain recorded. In April the average rainfall is usually 70mm
  • The annual average rainfall in London is 594mm
  • The annual average rainfall  in Manchester is 806mm
  • Glasgow is only 50 miles from Edinburgh but has twice as much rain.
  • In the drought of 1976 some  areas of the south west of England went without rain for 45 days
  • In Scotland, the Western Highlands is amongst the wettest places in Europe, receiving an average annual rainfall of 4,575mm
  • Wales has double the amount of annual rainfall than that of East Anglia
  • The UK record for the highest level of rainfall in 24 hours was recorded in Cumbria on the 19th November 2009 when 314mm was recorded
  • The majority of the population of the UK live in areas where the annual average rainfall is between 600 – 800mm


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Water Butts – The Benefits Of Use

Purchasing and utilising a Water Butt helps you store water for use in the garden throughout the summer months.

Installing a Water Butt can save you money on your Water Bill and captured rain water is  far better for plants than tap water, rain water is full of all the right nutrients as opposed to tap water which is cleaned with chlorine and other chemicals. Plants also prefer water to be of an ambient temperature rather than cold water straight from the tap.

A hosepipe can use up to 1000 Litres of water per hour and with an average of 100,000 Litres of rain water falling on an average 4 bedroom house per year in the UK, it makes sense to make use of this otherwise wasted resource.

The ideal method of capturing rain water in a Water Butt is to connect the Water Butt to the down pipe form your roof by using a Rain Diverter Kit. This is easily fitted by simply cutting out a section of the down pipe and diverting the water into the Water Butt. When the Water Butt is full, the rain water will flow straight down the drain pipe as intended.

Here at Direct Water Tanks we have on offer a wide range of Water Butts for sale ranging from 100 to 1500 Litres in volume and with various designs to suit many different surroundings, including Stone effects, Circular, Decorative and Tall and Column Water Butts.

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