Water butt disconnection
If your roof is connected to the combined sewerage network, your downpipe will drain into the ground through a drain grate.
Disconnecting this pipe can be quite a simple process. You could consider doing this yourself or alternatively it would be a straightforward job for a builder or landscape gardener.
There are different options to suit your garden. The factsheets on the right give more detail about some of the considerations.
- Simple design and construction
- Ideal for front gardens where there is no access to a tap
- Potential to overflow to a rain garden on soakaway
- Reduces surface water to sewer.
- Forms a linear soakaway system
- Simple design and construction
- Ideal for rear gardens running down to the watercourse
- Replenishes the water table and reduces surface water to sewer.
Sunken rain garden
- Large gardens allow space to create rain garden
- Ideal where discharge to a water course is not possible Increase habitat and biodiversity in your back garden
- Replenishes the water table and reduces surface water to sewer
- Low maintenance planting design.
- Simple solution, requires some building knowledge
- Profile of back gardens allow a sloping discharge from disconnect
- Limited cost and complexity for maximum effect
- Requires another surface water management element to work.
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