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By Valadel

United Kingdom Gb

The water from my barrel smells.
Any ideas as to why it should be so and how to prevent it.
Thank you.



I suppose the water smells because it gets stagnant. I presume you only use the water in the barrels to water the garden with and not drink...I don´t think that the plants etc will mind if it smells a bit.

25 Aug, 2012


So far i dont fiond either of mine smell but I use them as almost as soon as they are filled.

25 Aug, 2012


Thanks Rogi, I use this particular barrel to water my conservatory plants ( I have a lot ) more like greenhouse really.

25 Aug, 2012


Have you checked there is nothing dead in it?

25 Aug, 2012


Always keep water barrels covered with old lengths of wood. Stops birds thinking its to drink and drowning.
Keeps water fresh for months.

26 Aug, 2012


If it starts to smell you can add a splash of hydrogen peroxide which will kill the organisms that cause this, just like pond oxygenators but quicker. Let it stand for 24 hours before use. You could add a splash of standard chlorine based household bleach but would then have to let it stand for a couple of months, by which time it would be ponging again. In other words, don't.

26 Aug, 2012


Either use it or regularly run some of it off. When there is a dry period......if there is ever one again......take the barrel down and hose it out, if you can.

26 Aug, 2012


Thanks folks for your advice I must add that it is a small barrel just inside my garage and I suppose I should run it off more often and give it a clean out.I don't think there is anything dead as it is covered but who knows ? Will have a look.

27 Aug, 2012

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