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    I know you can get kits to test the pH of the water in your pond, so a fish keeping shop might be a better bet actually.

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    Hi Dave,
    With River water, a lot depends on where you live. If you are 'lucky' enough to live in an area say in Dartmoor, Lake district where you KNOW the water is not going to be contaminated with agricultural run off such as fertilizers etc or that the river does not originate or cross limestone, then you will be safe.

    Personally, I would not risk it with river water. Your safest cheapest bet in the long run is a water butt, and depending on how many plants you have, I calculate with 3 to 4 litres per plant water storage to outlive a 6 week dry spell which we can and do get in the UK. To give you an idea, I have 10,000 litres water storage as my collection is extremely valuable.

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    Thanks for the warning about river water. Come to think of it there are lots of fields where the farmer could be using fertilizers, plus i'm pretty sure the river passes over areas of limestone. There goes that idea. A relative of mine does have a large store of rainwater, which has run off a roof into a water butt. The water is not that clean, but does not stink either, is this ok to use ?

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    Halfords sells distilled water in a 5 litre bottle, 3 though... :shocked:

    Still if you don't too many plants this is okay (especially useful during the warmer months).

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    Hi Dave,
    That rain water will be fine. Raindrops form around particles in the air before they drop to the ground. Thats why sometimes you see on cars fine dust deposits where the raindrops have dried off.
    If you plan to use the water from this butt, they forecast rain for the whole Uk (about time too!) so it maybe an idea to clean out any unwanted debris/dirt from there and start fresh

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    Thats a good idea. I'm going to get my own water butt now from B&Q so I should imagine it will be clean if its new, but i'll give it a rinse anyway.

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