How to Supply Water to an Off-Grid Homestead

| 12/19/2017 8:46:00 AM

Bobbi Peterson 

While it’s not a concern that many people consider, a steady and reliable water supply for your home can become an issue if you live an off-grid lifestyle. The abundant access to sewage services and freshwater in the 21st century has made water a utility that gets taken for granted, with farmers and homesteaders the concern becomes very real and more urgent. A completely self-sustainable lifestyle does not after all include the city utility department.

Going Off-Grid

Also known as dry cabins, homes aiming for full self-sufficiency are built without any indoor plumbing system, but can get reconfigured if the owners decide to tap into the local utility company or a generator. This change does not necessarily make you less environmentally friendly, but for the purposes of our topic here we’ll focus on homesteaders that choose to remain disconnected.

Off-grid homes and buildings will often generate their electricity from solar, wind and rain elements — which factors into the method of water production. This type of lifestyle, while difficult in the beginning has significant benefits. For yourself and your family, you reduce the financial burden of public utility costs as well as a greater control over your physical health. Environmentally, this lifestyle leans heavily on natural, green energy — helping you reduce your carbon footprint.

Finding Your Very Own Water Supply

12/22/2017 10:07:21 AM

Bobbi, great information about dry cabin water consideration. I have an urban vacant city lot that I am developing into a garden. On this .63 acre lot, I have a natural spring that I am developing into a water source for watering the garden. So far I have one barrel sunk into the spring to fill with ground water to pump into my make shift water tower. It worked really well last year and I'm hoping to get some automatic irrigation systems going this year that work by gravity. ***** At my home I catch rain water from my roof and use it for the four raised beds in the back yard. ***** Do you live off grid? ***** Have a great water conservation day. ***** Nebraska Dave

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