Until recently, the idea of having an off-grid home was restricted to die-hard preppers in remote areas. However, with the ever-increasing cost of municipal services and the increased awareness of the impact that resource use has on the environment, a growing number of Americans are looking for ways to create a more sustainable home.
One of the cornerstones of sustainable living is creating your own independent water supply. There are several ways to go about this and having multiple systems in place is the most effective way to ensure a steady and reliable water supply for your home. Here are two ideas that you might like to consider for your home.
1. Drill a water well
Water wells have been used on farms and homesteads across the country for centuries. They are a great way to access the groundwater that is stored in aquifers deep within the earth. Having access to this water will provide you with a great source of water that can be used for irrigation, feeding livestock, and for household use with the appropriate filtering and treatment.
To establish whether you have a viable aquifer beneath your property, you'll need to use a drilling contractor, like those at Bohs Well Drilling Inc, to undertake exploratory work. If there is water under your property, the drilling contractor can then complete the process to install pipes, which will allow you to draw the water to the surface as required.
2. Install rainwater collection tanks
Capturing rainwater that falls on the roof of your home is another excellent way to secure an independent water supply for your home. Rainwater is preferable for use in the home for drinking, cooking, and bathing over well water. It's less likely to contain chemical or biological contaminants and requires less treatment than groundwater for household use.
Rainwater collection tanks can be made from concrete or from sturdy plastic or poly carbonates. The tank is connected to the down pipes from your roof gutters which allows the rainwater to be stored for use as you require it. Tank sizes vary dramatically, but it's advisable to install a tank that has a large capacity in order to have water available even during long spells without rain.
Before you install your rainwater collection tank you'll need to inspect your roof and gutters to make sure they're in a good state of repair. Both the gutters and roof should be clean and free from mold or fungus that could pollute your water supply. Adding mesh over the gutters is also wise to prevent debris from building up and harboring bacteria.