Posted: 01/08/2013 at 20:29
I have a 240 litre waterbutt collecting rain water from my shed and green house. I've had it for around 15 years and never had any major problems. The tap broke after a couple of days but the retailer replaced it for me free of charge. It's got a lid so blockages are seldom a problem but easily cleared with an old bottle cleaning brush tied securely to a cane
The best thing about it is that I don't have to carry a full watering can the length of the garden. The worst thing is that the flow is lower than mains pressure water so the watering can takes longer to fill. At the time I installed it we were charged for water usage based on the rateable value of the property (we are on a meter now)so I can't say what difference it made to the bill but there is obviously a saving being made.