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Despite a wet spring and early summer, for the last couple of weeks, there has been no rain. Our water butts, which were full and holding somewhere around 2200 litres, are almost empty.
Before we went on a water meter, I would have just got the hose out (and may need to do so if things continue). We share our bathwater and bathe several times a week plus other sink washing as and when needed (don't have a shower!). The bath is only filled anywhere from 1/3rd to just under 1/2 full and has become a necessary top up to watering. After emptying it with buckets and getting wet in the process, we decided to buy and try a small pond pump.
As a temporary measure, until we find a spare bit of hose, the outside waste pipe is disconnected during bath emptying and a large red bucket placed underneath the outlet.
Here is the pump in action in the bath
All in all, with emptying and watering, it took about 30 minutes. The plants in the front garden certainly look a lot happier now.
Mind you, lesson 1, don't forget to put the outside pipe back on when finished otherwise your tooth cleaning water lands in it - again, the plants didn't complain.
Lesson 2 - investigate if the water seems to be taking a long while to drain. We have one of those fancy semi built in plugs on a lever system. Removed the plug to put the hose in, took an age to drain. DB investigated with his hook tools and pulled out this 'lovely' mess.