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Build your own solar-powered water pumping station by Jeffrey Yago, P.E., CEM

Build your own solar-powered water pumping station by Jeffrey Yago, P.E., CEM
In the last issue, there was an excellent article by Dorothy Ainsworth on water pumping using mechanical windmills. In this issue I will address another form of "free" water pumping. There are many remote applications where a solar-powered water pump is more cost effective than installing a conventional grid-connected AC pump. I recently designed a solar-powered pumping system for a local farmer wanting to pump water from a lake up to a watering trough for cattle in a distant fenced field. We have also designed larger systems to pump directly from drilled wells up to elevated storage tanks, which provide gravity-fed water back down to remote ranch buildings. Basic system description These solar applications made economic sense because the location was too remote to run a long power line. By adding a storage tank and increasing the size of the pumping system, excess pumped water can be stored, which can continue to supply water during the night or when it's cloudy and the pump is off.

How To Create An Off The Grid Source Of Water For any off-the-gridder or survivalist, having a safe, adequate, and reliable source of water is just about as basic as it gets. Water independence is the clear goal for all who want to be prepared for all contingencies, and digging your own well is the obvious way to set yourself up in anticipation of a time when utility companies can no longer be relied upon to supply vital services to their customers. But digging a traditional well is not the only option. There is another type of well that is perfectly capable of providing sufficient supplies of fresh, clean, potable water to meet the needs of most households, especially if at least a degree of water conservation is practiced. Driven-point wells are a convenient and affordable alternative, and in most instances they can be installed without the use of expensive or complicated equipment, which can make them an amazing project for the hands-on type who prefers the do-it-yourself approach. Installing a Driven-Point Well: The Basics

A Rocket Stove Made From a Five Gallon Metal Bucket The principle behind a rocket stove is simple–rather than cooking on an open fire, you burn wood in an insulated chimney. Rocket stoves are highly efficient and easy to make. They run on twigs, so you can avoid cutting down a whole tree just to cook dinner. We’ve had a rocket stove made out of brick in our backyard for several years. Using a piece of 4″ vent pipe and a 90º elbow, I made the chimney. I traced the outline of the vent pipe on to the lid of the bucket and cut this hole out with a jig saw. Using the vent pipe as a guide again, I cut out a 4″ hole near the bottom of the bucket. I used one part clay (harvested from the yard) to six parts vermiculite as my insulation material. With the vent pipe in place, I packed the insulation into the bucket and let it dry for a few days before putting the lid on. I found a barbecue grill at Home Depot that rests on the top of the bucket to support a pot. The last step was to add the new Root Simple stencil to the back.

Backpacking Water Filter Hydration Pack With a backpacking water filter, you don’t have to worry about hauling clean drinking water. Fill your hydration pack with contaminated water, and drink filtered water while you walk. What an ingenious idea! If you enjoy hiking and camping, you’ll love this. It’s also perfect for emergency water. Backpacking Water Filter Here is a complete filtering system in backpack form. $55.00 Backpack includes Bladder and Filter Features: Complete filtering system - no additional parts requiredAccepts water from floods, lake, rain, well, tap, river or streamFilter cleans with a clean, damp clothExtend shelf life by shaking filter every 3-4 months (to loosen media inside and prevent packing) Once in use, filter will last about 75 bladder refills2 pouches for spare filtersComes in camouflage, blue, black, and red Replacement 2”x 3” Ceramic Filter This filter is designed for use in our portable products. Ceramic elements may be cleaned 100 or more times with a soft brush or damp cloth. Water Bladder

6 Dangerous “Urban Survival Myths” About Water As with everything in survival there are a lot of rumors floating around about what works and what doesn’t. When it comes to staying hydrated and water survival, there is no exception. We’ve found a number of the most prevalent urban myths and dangerous rumors that have been passed along and decided to address them here. 1. Don’t count on it. with between the source and reaching your location could be suspect. 2. NO, This can actually lead to further dehydration due to the process your body has to go through to heat and melt the snow once you eat it. 3. NO NO NO. 4. NO, this should be treated before drinking. 5. You can drink urine 1 to 2 times in an extreme emergency but remember, urine is how you pass waste products out of your body. 6. This is not necessarily true. and fibrous and the water contained will not be abundant. There are probably more rumors out there that are not addressed in this article. Check out our new Survival Gear Store – Forge Survival Supply You might also like: