I am currently studying design with the Open University and could do with some help please. A keen gardener myself I am interested to look at solutions for watering the garden. I would really appreciate it if people could respond to the questions below to help me with my project.
Q1: How would you describe the size of your garden?
a) Small b) Medium c) Large
Q2: How do you store rainwater/recycled water in your garden? Please indicate which of the following statements apply:
a) “I only use water from a tap”
b) “I collect rainwater in a water butt”
c) “I recycle grey water”*
d) Other, please specify
*For example waste water from the bathroom/kitchen that is relatively clean
Q3: How do you water your garden? Please mark all of the below methods that apply:
a) Hosepipe (using an inside/outside tap)
b) Hosepipe and sprinkler (using an inside/outside tap)
c) Hosepipe Irrigation system (using an inside/outside tap)
d) Hosepipe and electric pump (using an inside/outside tap)
e) Hosepipe and solar powered pump (using water butt rain water)
f) Watering can (filled using an inside/outside tap)
g) Watering can (filled from a water butt containing rain water)
h) Other, please specify
Q4: If some of the time you water your garden with rainwater what factors make you revert back to tap water?
Q5: If I was designing a product to water your garden what would the three most important considerations be. Please mark those that are applicable below:
a) Time: “I need to water as quickly as possible, I don’t have the time to continuously keep filling the watering can”
b) Sustainability: “ I want to ensure that where possible I conserve water”
c) Efficiency: I want to make sure my plants receive adequate water”
d) Weight: “I don’t like carrying the watering can up and down”
e) Durability/Reliability: “I need a solution that won’t let me down and will last”
f) Aesthetics: “I want the solution to look good”
g) Pressure: “I need to ensure there is adequate pressure to successfully water my garden”
h) Range: “I need to be able to water my garden at long range without losing pressure”.
Q6: If you do not currently use rain/recycled water what are the barriers that stop you?