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My Veggy garden is starting to suffer with this heat and a hose pipe ban and I was thinking of putting a divert system in place to allow me to use water from my shower to water it  - - -  has anyone got any thoughts on this

Alina W

It'll be fine providing you don't use much in the way of soap or oils. Try and avoid wetting the leaves - the soil will take care of most things if you water around the plants.


oh.. that is good to know..we have been using hose pipe up through bathroom window and tkaing out kids bath water into the butts... was getting desperate..


I stand a small bucket in the shower with me which collects the cold water before it warms up, and if placed just right will catch quite a bit as I move around. I never put the water on veg or newly planted items if it's soapy, but the established plants do'nt seem to mind.

Thank You All for your responses - - - if it works how I have planned it then it`ll be a drip feed direct onto the ground  - - will post my success or failure  LOL



I've read it's a good idea to use more natural soaps/detergents & to not store grey water but use it straight away.

Also I think the advice is to use bath/shower water around flowers etc. not edibles, due to probably miniscule risks of bacteria, micro organisms or whatever. 

With a hose pipe ban & our water butts running out all the time it's something lots of us will have to start doing I guess.

Alina W

It's definitely not an idea to store grey water - it can reek to high heaven quite quickly.

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