I wrote this article at the beginning of MSB in 2010. It brought a bit of nostalgia 🙂 So I decided to update it a bit and play it again.
You’re thinking of a remote house? Away from the conveniences of integrated infrastructure such as municipal water supply? Maybe you want to buy a rural/remote piece of land and build on it.
Well, that requires careful planning and thoughtfulness without respite. One of them is WATER.
Yes, you will probably have a well drilled. But an ideal remote location for preparation would also be a spring with year-round surface water – just in case.
A system that works well is very good. But wouldn’t it be great to have another source of water? What to do if the pump in your well is broken? Either you lose power for a while (or a long time!).
See. Pond. Flux. Spring. It would be nice to have a few.
Keep this in mind: Surface water must be properly filtered before use! I recommend the Berkey table water filter (I have this one).
>> U.S. Filter Berkey
Drilling a well can be tricky, because there is usually no guarantee that you (they) will get to the water. It depends on how deep they drill. It can be expensive!
The cost calculation takes into account the location of the soil, the soil type and the depth of the well. But you need water, so it’s just part of the cost of living in the country or away from home.
Drill. Work. Excavation. Pipes. Good pump. Pressure tank. Controller.
You might consider collecting rainwater. If there is enough rain in the area, it can supplement all your water needs.
This plan is constantly being developed because all the water that flows has to be stored. The system requires one or more storage tanks. And remember, it doesn’t work during the icy winter months!
Here is an example of how much water can be collected on one side of the roof. Let’s say the footprint of this site is 40 feet by 20 feet. They will collect 125 gallons of water from a quarter inch of rain.
See the following article for more details on rainwater harvesting calculations (and a handy spreadsheet to download)….
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- Determine the area of rainwater on the roof (multiply the length by the width).
- Conversion of inches of precipitation to feet of precipitation (inches / 12)
- Multiply the area in square feet by the amount of precipitation in feet (per storm or per year…).
- Multiply the total cubic feet by 7.48 to get the total gallons.
Be aware of all possible toxins. For example: Draining a tar or tiled roof? A metal roof is preferable in this respect. All this should make no difference to grey water use. But for a drink, think about it. Again, filter!
A reader recently sent an email asking how to collect rainwater from the roof drains while the first rains of the season remove the debris accumulated on the roof. The easiest way to solve this problem is to purchase a sprinkler system. A by-pass valve that can direct water to the drum collection system OR through the normal drain in the ground. Just leave the valve upside down on the drain the first time it rains, then turn the lever over the barrel.
Here you can find some examples of rainwater drain valves and rain barrels:
>> rainwater harvesting systems
frequently asked questions
How do I get water into an insulated cabin?
How do you get drinking water into your home…
How do rural households get water?
You probably want to be able to drink the water in your new home. Unlike urban households, which generally get water from public and municipal water sources (usually from a treated central source), the water for a rural household will likely come from a well or perhaps a spring.
How do you get your own water?
Off-grid water supply systems : 8 Efficient water supply solutions …
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