A charity is probing gardeners’ water conservation habits.

A water butt

The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trusts (WWT) is running a water butt survey. “A poll three years ago found that nearly two thirds of gardeners said they had a water butt, but only one in 10 makes good use of it,” said a WWT spokesman.

“We want to get a clearer picture of the situation today, particularly in these environmentally and economically-aware times.”

With water bills rising by an average of 4.6 per cent in April 2011, and calls for compulsory water metering being debated by Government, water conservation is a hot topic.

The WWT survey asks what sources water butts are connected to and what rainwater is used for in the garden and home.

It probes gardeners’ views on flooding, drought and reducing water bills and asks if the public would like information on regional reservoir levels.

To take part in the five-minute internet survey, which is expected to run until late June, go to