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Introducing... The RainCatcher–Speidel 3,000 Litre Narrow Tank

31 March, 2016

Lack of space? This rainwater tank is for you!


Introducing our new, unique RainCatcher–Speidel 3000 litre narrow underground water storage tank.

This elegant looking tank is designed to take less excavation to install and provides a perfect profile for space economic applications - but with a 3,000L capacity on hand this is still without doubt one of the big boys!


A perfect solution for those projects that just don't have the space for the more rotund run-of-the mill rainwater storage tanks.

Rotomolded from a single piece of food safe polyethylene (PE) with no welds, this tank has thick walls, sturdy feet, a lid that screws down and a stainless steel child proof lock! The high quality that our range of tanks are known for is ever apparent here with its durable, stable walls insulated for extra strength - and despite its slender form, the tank has a generous 48cm opening.

All the benefits of our unrivalled rainwater harvesting solutions, now with a small installation width ideal for narrow properties.undefined

RainCatcher is seeking new agents to represent our high quality, unique rainwater harvesting product range. For further information give us a call during business hours on 0151 639 4281, email us at, or use our live chat feature by clicking here.


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Benefits of using harvested rainwater on your plants

20 April, 2015


It seems common sense once you think about it, but many of us haven't! Mains water is designed to be perfect for human consumption via a series of chemical additives and cleaners that kill micro organisms and provide minerals that are good for our growth, however to a plant mains water is far from perfect and that means that harvested rainwater is always better for them! But what is the effect of watering your plants with mains water and what are the benefits of using natural rainwater?


How does mains water harm plants?

Mains water has several additives that cause plants harm:

  • Chlorine kills micro organisms that benefit plants and actively damages the plant itself
  • Fluorine compounds and its simplest anion Fluoride can affect plants very badly, pale dying leaves are a symptom of flourine damage and this has been known since 1950. Some plants can tolerate fluorine compounds better than others however those with delicate leaves are much more susceptible to fluorine related tissue damage
  • Sodium and other water softeners, though natural in their properties, do not appear in such quantities in natural water, these softeners often damage plant roots and prevent the absorption of water by the plants roots
  • Mains water is simply put, much harder than rain water. As water evaporates its leaves behind all of the minerals it contained as a liquid, this means that rain has a far smaller mineral weight than mains water, this means that by watering your plants with such hard, mineral rich water you are potentially harming your plants. Just as your washing machine may suffer from hard water so may your garden.


How does rainwater benefit your plants?

  • Rainwater is much softer than mains water, this means it has a better ability to absorb existing natural minerals from the soil and transport these minerals to your plants!
  • Harvested rainwater after a period of time will grow a small amount of micro life such as algae. Far from being dangerous, algae will quickly decompose into the soil and act as a small fertiliser, giving nutrients and beneficial compounds to your soil. Though algae is poor for human health making harvested water not for human consumption, plants love it!
  • Rainwater is a valuable source of nitrogen which encourages natural healthy growth of plants when absorbed through the roots!


In short natural harvested water will help make your plants and flowers look better and will make your fruit and vegetables even more wholesome and healthy. It can be impractical to only use harvested water if you don't want a large and complicated water harvesting system but even a small downpipe diverter to water butt will do your garden a world of good!


For advice, tips or a quotation we are here to help! Call us during working hours on 0151 639 4281 or email us at We even have a live chat feature which you can reach here.

Surface water charges and rebates

21 January, 2015

Did you know that you can get a rebate on your surface water charges if you can prove the following:

1. The rainwater from your roof falls to the gutter system and then to either: A waterbutt or Raincatcher rainwater storage system that features a throttled attenuation valve or a 50:50 rainwater storage system, this means that the rainwater storage vessel fills up and then can overflow to a soakaway, an underground further rainwater storage system connected to a soakaway or a soakaway.

2. An underground soakaway: This can be a 50:50 dual rainwater storage system that features half storage of rainwater with the other half being directed to an underground soakaway.

3. A soakaway. This is formed by wrapping storm crates in a geotextile membrane which in-turn gives you a 95% void. The system is usually preceded by a silt trap to gather any detritus prior to entering the soakaway. The rainwater falls on to the roof, goes down the downspout and in to what appears to be a gully, the difference being that the gully is connected to the soakaway rather that the standard surface water system usually in house developments.