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Prestige Water Butt FAQs

Can the Prestige Water Butt be mounted asymmetrically around the downpipe. 

Yes is the short answer. Simply remove one of the two planter caps in the top of the water butt and direct the downpipe into the tank. This provides ~14cm offset perfect if your downpipe is coming down the edge of a wall. A typical gully drain is 30-40cm wide so no modification to the outlet pipe should be required. If it is an issue simply purchase a downpipe offset kit here

I've been asked to provide rainwater attenuation storage for my new house extension can the Prestige Water Butt be used for this? 

Yes. Please give us a call to discuss your requirements in more detail. 

Can I link more than one water butt together? 

Yes. The linking kits are free for more than one purchase. Simply fix the secondary water butts ~20mm higher than the primary water butt. This ensures the primary overflow is the operating overflow and the secondary water butt overflows do not operate. Simply screw the linking kits into the 3/4" female moulded fittings in the tank. The linking kit is supplied with ~30cm of hose this can be snipped to suit. PTFE is useful for all threaded or barbed fittings to prevent small leaks.

Can the Prestige water butt be used to use to fill remote water butts?

Yes the Prestige water butt can act as a rainwater hub. Simply attach a length of hose between the Prestige water butt and the remote water butt. Please note that the Prestige water butt will fill other remote water butts to the level of its overflow. An overflow maybe required on the receiving water butt. This is an effective method of achieving 100% yield since there are no diverter losses which may lose up to 80% of the flow volume during heavy storms. 

Can the inside be cleaned?

Yes. simply pop a hose into the tank via the top planter access and either remove the tap or side bung and allow the fine silt to be washed out into a bucket. 

Does the Prestige bulge when full like other slimline water butts?

All water butts bulge a when full, some noticeably more than others. However, part of the Prestige's patented design has an anti bulge feature which limits bulging.

Should I drain the tank in winter?

When the mould was first made the note regarding "Drain In Winter" was included as precautionary. Over 25 years The Original Wall Mounted Water butt Company (now Prestige Water) learned 2 things: 

  1. A tank sat against a house will very rarely  freeze due to it being in contact with thermal mass of the house 
  2. Since MDPE is a frost proof and the tank is vented to atmosphere i.e. not pressurised, freezing does not cause an issue. The additional volume simply occupies the space available to it as it would if water was left in a barrel and froze. 

What should I do when the Prestige comes to the end of its useful life?

Prestige Water ‘End-of-Life’ Policy: MDPE is an extremely hard wearing material and some of the Original Prestige water butts are still in use today -25 years after production! If the tank has come to the end of its useful life please inform the Retailer or Distributor and collection will be arranged so the item can be recycled.