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    Hi all,

    I recently installed a watering system to go up the garden and help me when I am away for a few days to water the beds, whilst the first couple work perfectly by the time it gets to the end the water isn't coming out which I think is just due to a lack of pressure. Is there a pump or way of getting it to work better that people may be able to share with me?

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    First suggestion would be to lift the water reservoir higher.

    What watering system is it?

    There are solar powered pumped irrigation systems around but I don't have one.

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    What Jay-ell said - mine came with a recco of a minimum of 25cm above the watering level.

    Also check they aren't blocked or leaking on the way (if they are on/under the soil sometimes roots can find them). with a drip feed system you are effectively putting low-ish pressure water up to a very small hole and it doesn't take a lot to put them off...

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    Second thing would be to get a bigger reservoir - then move that as high ad you can. That way the water level drops less for the same volume of watering.

    I use a 250l water butt on a stack of bricks and paving slabs as well as the water butt stand.

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    Have you put the end cap on the hose? Is it a system where the hose runs direct from the tap?

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    Could be a bit trial and error. Can you fit T pieces in near the source so the water goes to each bed in parallel? If you are connected to a tap, this should be possible.

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    Yes it connects directly to the outside tap
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    if it goes direct to the tap, it's unlikely too be pressure.
    air-lock?
    imperceptible uphill section?
    can you swap the bits around/feed from a different end to see about blockages?

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