How Much Water Does a Garden Sprinkler Use Per Hour? And How to Save Money

Garden sprinkler watering a flowerbed in an English country garden
Your garden sprinkler could be using more water than you realise (Image credit: Getty)

How much water does a garden sprinkler use per hour is a key question following the high temperatures we've experienced across the UK this summer. Garden sprinklers might be the easiest way to water your flowerbeds during hot weather, but research suggests they're not the cheapest or most efficient.

Water consumption in gardens increases by 50% during heatwaves, putting pressure on Britain's water supplies. 

Amy Willis
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Amy spent over a decade in London editing and writing for The Daily Telegraph, MailOnline, and before moving to East Anglia where she began renovating a period property in rural Suffolk. During this time she also did some TV work at ITV Anglia and CBS as well as freelancing for Yahoo, AOL, ESPN and The Mirror. When the pandemic hit she switched to full-time building work on her renovation and spent nearly two years focusing solely on that. She's taken a hands-on DIY approach to the project, knocking down walls, restoring oak beams and laying slabs with the help of family members to save costs. She has largely focused on using natural materials, such as limestone, oak and sisal carpet, to put character back into the property that was largely removed during the eighties. The project has extended into the garden too, with the cottage's exterior completely re-landscaped with a digger and a new driveway added. She has dealt with de-listing a property as well as handling land disputes and conveyancing administration.