Posts Tagged "Rainwater-harvesting"

Rainwater collection

Water, it’s a requirement for life, health, sanitation. Living in far western Texas, it’s desert and pretty dry most of the year. We are in the beginning of our rainy season or monsoon season, it will last a month to a month and a half. Most of the residents out here use a well for their water needs, but there are a few who collect the rain water that falls from the sky during the wet season, if you have enough storage, it’s possible to collect enough water to last the year. (more…)

Installing a Rainwater Harvesting System
by THEORYGAME on FEBRUARY 21, 2012 - 3 Comments in WATER

Whether you are trying to save a few dollars on your water bill, are concerned about water conservation, or you just want to be independent and off grid, Rainwater harvesting and storage is viable for almost any situation and amount of water needed.

Choose a site for your storage vessel, be it a large tank holding thousands of gallons, or a single 55 gallon rain barrel.The tank should be placed a short distance from a roofed structure with a gutter and downspout. Once the site is chosen you level the tank. This video shows using gravel to level the tanks. Other methods include a concrete slab foundation or a wooden frame. (more…)

Opportunity in Land of Enchantment

I am looking forward to moving off-grid in the Rio Rancho area some time in the next year.

I have a solid idea of how to build a self-sustaining solar home with attractive recycled building materials. The basic structure of my solar home idea consists of a steel building frame, concrete blocks, and lots of glass, possibly an aerogel-packed variety, to collect solar heat. The design can be found at Larry Hartweg’s website. I’ve purchased and read his great book, and I absorb any idea I can find from other great websites on solar design–passive water pumping, concrete block construction, free cellulose insulation, solar distilling, rainwater harvesting, long-distance 2.4GHz internet relays, satellite television, internet VOIP (where landlines aren’t possible or desired), absorption chiller air-conditioning and refrigeration (well-described solar solution from Larry Hartweg’s website and book), and beyond. The ideas I’ve collected are so good that I’m looking for five or six individuals or small families to move into identical homes in the same area where I will be living. Even better would be twenty or so, to set up internet relay enclaves all the way out to my house from the edge of Rio Rancho. I can help with getting building materials, and we’d probably build the houses much faster if we all chipped in. Interior trim and decor would be at the aesthetic discretion of each homeowner. Give me a buzz if you’re interested. This is a “ready to launch” idea.

Tucson shows the way on water management
by NICK ROSEN on OCTOBER 29, 2011 - 1 Comment in WATER

Rainy day woman

As a crippling drought grips much of the Southern and Southwestern United States, the population continues to grow and water resources become scarcer. In Tucson residents will soon hand  cash rebates to residents who install home rainwater-harvesting systems — a technique well-known to off-grid homeowners, which is now entering the mainstream.

The City Council approved $100,000 pilot program Tuesday that will be the precursor for a rebate system intended to go into effect next year. (more…)

PhD in living off-grid?
by NICK ROSEN on NOVEMBER 2, 2010 - 0 Comments in EVENTS

Here are two University press releases issued today that may be useful if you live in Iowa or Texas.

DES MOINES, Iowa, Nov. 3 — Drake University issued the following news release:

A free seminar for women farmers and food-based entrepreneurs will be held at the Drake University Law School on Wednesday, Nov. 3.

“Women are the primary drivers behind the explosive growth of the good food movement in the United States, and Lisa is a perfect example of this with her family-owned, off-the-grid B&B and farm,” said Leigh Adcock, executive director of Women, Food and Agriculture Network.

Lisa Kivirist, director of the Rural Women’s Project (a venture of the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service), will present “Sowing Fresh Seeds” at 7:30 p.m. 2621 Carpenter Ave. (more…)

Class of its own
by SUPERJOE on FEBRUARY 22, 2010 - 2 Comments in OFF-GRID 101

Awf-Gred Hockey?

The first off-grid classroom with a revolutionary solar-powered rainwater harvesting and filtration system, has been opened.  Exclusive Benenden School in the UK, a girls-only boarding school, launched the classroom last term as a place to conduct field studies of nature subjects.

Benenden provides the innovative teach space set amongst mature parkland. The unique education facility is designed to be entirely off-grid, relying only on solar energy for electricity. (more…)

Wish we thought of that!
by VEG-HEAD on NOVEMBER 23, 2009 - 10 Comments in WATER

"Keg of rainwater, please"

"Keg of rainwater, please"

The rainbeers are coming! An Atlanta Brewery which was making beer from rainwater has been told to stop gathering  the water by city officials.  Probably encouraged by Miller lite and other big brewers, the EPA and officials at the local and State level have been persecuting the tiny indie brewery.


Roll out the rain barrel
by SIYAH on JUNE 29, 2009 - 6 Comments in OFF-GRID 101, WATER

Free water
Off-Gridders across the state of Colorado have been waiting a while for this moment – its now legal to gather rainwater off your roof, as long as it is 3,000 square feet or smaller.

But before we all have a barrel of fun, take note: the only people allowed to capture rain are those whose residences are well-ready with a well permit. The mere fact that you have no access to water, are not connected to the water grid, is not enough.

There is still a hill of rules you have to climb for fetching a pail of water. (more…)

How to harvest rainwater
by TECHSTAR on JUNE 20, 2009 - 7 Comments in OFF-GRID 101, WATER

rainwater_toiletGlobal warming means droughts, and Americans have experienced plenty of those recently. Here is what you can do to prepare for a long hot summer:

Rain water harvesting is simply diverting the flow from downspouts to a barrel. Devices are available to divert water back to downspouts when the barrel is full.  You can collect 0.62 gallons (not 6 gallons as stated earlier – thanks Don for pointing it out)  of rainwater from one inch of rain on one sq ft of surface area. For example, Central Ohio averages 37 inches of rain yearly.  On 1,000 square feet of roof  that’s 22,200 gallons of water per year.


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