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Create An Off The Grid Source Of Water

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. Even though driven-point techniques have been in use for a long time, many are still not familiar with all the particulars of this kind of well. Installing a Driven-Point Well: The Basics Driven-point wells are constructed from narrow steel pipes that are pounded straight down into the ground until they go deep enough to pass through the water table. The well-point section contains a reinforced screen that will allow water to enter the pipe while filtering out sand, gravel, and other types of particulates. After Installation Related:  DIY Water Pumps & WellsWater Isue

Drill A Water Well In Your Backyard! This new system is unlike any you've ever seen before; it doesn't involve derricks and trucks, it doesn't involve heavy steel pipe, it doesn't involve endless hammering and pounding, and it doesn't involve thousands of dollars worth of special equipment. You don't need to be a mechanical genius and you don't have to have bulging muscles like Rambo. In fact, most of the work is so easy a child can do it! It works like this: a small but powerful air-powered drill is attached to the end of a length of pipe. The pipe itself never twists, only the bit at the very end of the pipe turns. The fastest way to start drilling your own well is to buy our completely Ready-To-Drill kit, which includes all the specialized parts and items you'll need, as well as everything else that can be shipped through the mail! And if after buying the Plans and DVD you decide you'd like to go ahead and buy the kit, the price of the plans is FULLY REFUNDABLE towards the purchase of our Ready-To-Drill kit!

10 Awesome Gadgets To Reuse Water We like the concept behind this. Small space apartment dwellers would appreciate the utility of having a washing machine option in their bathroom (we know we would). But then again, the toilet in the concept photo above looks like it's giving a piggyback ride to a reject from The Transformers. The "Washup" concept is a sustainable and space saving water consumption device that reuses wasted water from the clothes washing cycle for toilet flushing later (hopefully not at the same your load before dropping it). We just worry we'd accidentally lose socks in the toilet while loading and emptying the machine above. Ingenuity gets an all new meaning in designer Andrew Leinonen's simple yet very powerful Filterbrella concept. With most nations facing water crisis, recycling used water becomes more important than ever before. Perhaps inspired by Britain's constant drought warnings and reminders to 'use water wisely', an inventor has come up with a combined washing machine and shower.

Guide To Drilling A Well This booklet provides general information about well construction, maintenance and abandonment laws & practices in Oregon. The information included is primarily for those individuals who wish to construct, abandon or contract for the construction or abandonment of a water well in Oregon. It may also be helpful to people wanting to buy or sell property, and to people who own land on which existing wells are located. This information is subject to change. Please call the State of Oregon Water Resources Department to verify its current applicability. The amount and quality of ground water in an area can depend on yearly rainfall, geologic conditions, topography, distance to nearby wells, and surface water supply. Another useful tool for learning about your local ground water is the water well report, often called a "well log." From the home page, select "Access Well Logs" or "GRID-Web." Once you know ground water is available, you must estimate how much water you need. A well. A sump. 1.

Building a biological DIY greywater system (with no reedbeds) October 16, 2012 | Natural Building, Water Harvesting + Reuse | 37 Comments | Author: Kirsten Bradley Our criteria for building the greywater system for the tinyhouse was pretty simple: cheap, made from readily available materials, and effective. We also wanted to use the outputs to irrigate a grove of important fruit trees, as water is very precious here, especially in a dry year. After many, many hours of research on systems involving reed beds, infiltration trenches, fancy UV zappers and all the rest, we decided, on the advice of permaculture and greywater specialist Ross Mars, to keep it simple, and let the biology do the work. To summarise the approach (and Ross Mars’ general take of domestic greywater), we decided that the intermittent trickle of water coming from our bath and shower would be best dealt with in a living and dynamic system, rather than in a series of reed beds or trenches. What Ross suggested was a very simple system. >> More posts on appropriate technology

Solar Water Pump Recycled Water by Douglas Bullock When my brothers and I got our place on Orcas Island, at the north end of Puget Sound, our idea was, 'Yeah, a solar water supply.' We had dry, sunny summers with little wind, a south and west facing hillside, and a wetland that offered virtually unlimited water at the bottom of the hill. After some ethical deliberation, we settled for the first decent, cheap pump we could find - a screaming, smoky two-cycle for $180.00, and used an old Dough-Boy pool for a holding tank. When the Dankoff 'Solar Forc' piston pump began showing up in ads (a light weight, low-power solar pump that could take a lot of dirt and dry running) we looked at their literature, hemmed and hawed, and said, 'That would sure be nice.' I realized we could build a setup similar to the expensive Dankoff system for far less money. The people who designed and built them were craftsmen, not simply linear-thinking engineer droids fresh out of a university.

Washing Machine Greywater Resources Pantyhose filter For those of you attending our Wednesday night greywater workshop at Good and for those of you who can’t, here’s a list of resources for using your washing machine as a irrigation source: The New Create an Oasis with Greywater: Choosing, Building and Using Greywater Systems by Art Ludwig. This is the bible of greywater. Follow Ludwig’s instructions and you can’t go wrong. Ludwig’s open source Laundry to Landscape system. 1″ polyethylene tubing–an alternative to PVC pipe. Oasis Biocompatible detergent, the only laundry detergent we can find that’s appropriate for greywater use. A selection of three way diverter valves. A local Los Angeles source for drums, the Apex Drum Company: A description of our greywater fruit mini-orchard. Our greywater surge tank version 1.0. A liquid fertilizer of the type that you could add to your greywater surge tank during a wash cycle to fertilize your garden. Oaktown’s Greywater Guerrillas, another source for inspiration.

Home-made Hydraulic Ram Pump This information is provided as a service to those wanting to try to build their own hydraulic ram pump. The data from our experiences with one of these home-made hydraulic ram pumps is listed in Table 4 near the bottom of this document. The typical cost of fittings for an 1-1/4" pump is currently $120.00 (U.S.A.) regardless of whether galvanized or PVC fittings are used. Table 1. All connectors between the fittings are threaded pipe nipples - usually 2" long or shorter. Conversion Note: 1" (1 inch) = 2.54 cm; 1 PSI (pound/square inch) = 6.895 KPa or 0.06895 bar; 1 gallon per minute = 3.78 liter per minute. Pressure Chamber - A bicycle or "scooter tire" inner tube is placed inside the pressure chamber (part 15) as an "air bladder" to prevent water-logging or air-logging. Table 2. Table 3. Table 4. Note that we used a 4" threaded plug and a 4" female adapter for our test pump (instead of the recommended 4" glue cap (#16) shown in the figure).

Laundry To Landscape Graywater Systems; Design & Parts Complete information from the original inventors by Art Ludwig We originated the Laundry to Landscape Greywater System and published it unpatented into the public domain in 2008 for the good of all. This site has the most up-to-date, reliable, and complete information, and is the source of much of the info replicated on tens of thousands of other pages on "Laundry to Landscape." Please help the quality of information on this system and support our continued research by "liking" and linking to us, getting our instructional DVD or book, and encouraging organizations that have not done so to credit us as a source of original information on this topic--thanks! Laundry to Landscape (DVD) Create an Oasis with Grey Water (book) New Greywater Book and Video Set: Create an Oasis, Builder's Greywater Guide, Principles of Ecological Design, Laundry to Landscape instructional DVD $49.80 ($13 savings) At the bottom of the page are referrals to local installers who can build one for you. Video Excerpt

How To Build A Greywater Filter For $30 Or Less My wife, of course, likes to take baths. My son is afraid of the shower so he takes baths. I try to conserve water wherever I can and even take a 5 Gallon Bucket into the shower with me to collect the water when it’s heating up, and while I’m lathering up (5th paragraph down in the post). In a way I am a bit hypocritical in the sense that I have a pool, and pools aren’t eco-friendly or promote water conservation. I’ve been trying to think of ways to offset the extra consumption of water due to the pool – which leads me back to the bath water. Our entire yard was cemented over a long time ago. I bought a 5.5GPM pump a while back from a used electronics store and I have lots of marine batteries to hook it up to. 5 gallon bucket – can be bought at a hardware store for under $5, but most people already have one laying around a 1 1/2″ pipe connector – male and female – for the drain hole. Here are the step-by-step pictures of the project as I constructed the filter. The parts list Pinterest

Homemade Water Filter: Make A DIY Bio-Sand Water Filter Bio-sand filters are super quick and easy to build homemade water filter systems and they are very effective at filtering dirty water and making it safe. Watch the video for details. A homemade water filter like this would be great for filtering and purifying water stored in rainwater catchment systems. Below is some additional information from Wikipedia on the effectiveness of homemade bio-sand filters Bio-sand filters remove pathogens and suspended solids through a combination of biological and physical processes that take place in the biolayer and within the sand column. Filtration process Pathogens and suspended solids are removed through a combination of biological and physical processes that take place in the biolayer and within the sand layer. Mechanical trapping. Removal of contaminants Turbidity Results for turbidity reductions vary depending on the turbidity of the influent water. Heavy metals There is limited research on removal of heavy metals by biosand filters. Bacteria Viruses