How to use rainwater in France

An above-ground water tank

The drought across large parts of France last summer prompted interest in storing rainwater to use when water restrictions bite

Many old farm buildings still have tanks to take the run-off from roofs. Examples range from stone and cement structures built on to barn walls to well-like structures, both fed by gutters from the roof.

Installing rainwater systems means you can water your garden without worrying about bills – and you can water when restrictions are in place.

If rainwater is used in the house, water consumption can be halved, although the relatively high cost of installing systems means it will be years before financial benefit is felt through lower bills.

It is also possible to build your own buried tank relatively easily, especially if you have access ...

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