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Reduce/Reuse/Recycle... water

Post by ZombieGranny » Tue Mar 17, 2015 9:53 am

The thread regarding California turning back into a desert and several others recently, makes me think a thread on reducing/reusing/recycling water might be a good one to start.
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What do you do to take care of your water?

Rain barrels?
Grey water system for your garden?
Slop buckets in the sinks?
Tippy-taps?
Pond to catch runoff?
Catch pollutants before they reach a water source?

Let's brainstorm ideas!
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Re: Reduce/Reuse/Recycle... water

Post by KYZHunters » Tue Mar 17, 2015 11:33 am

a lot of the above.

I have six of these on my downspouts. Ugly as sin but that's over 1,500 gallons of water right there. Even if it doesn't rain, morning condensation provides quite a few gallons of water a day. They've frozen solid a few winters in a row and are still sound
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I have another 3,500 gallon steel tank that is fed off the roof of one of my barns. I had two ,but one had a catastrophic rust through. The steel tank feeds frost free waterers for livestock.
We rehabbed a spring about a decade ago that feeds a stock tank as well; the excess goes into a half-acre pond and I've got another half-acre pond that is fed by runoff. Worse case, I've got a year-round creek that runs around about a quarter of my property but the e. coli levels from straight pipe septics upstream make it virtually unusable without serious treatment.

All that being said, we are very conscious of water use and have replaced all of our appliances and fixtures with water conservation in mind. We do a slop bucket but that's more for the pigs than saving water. If I were to build a new home I'd have a dedicated gray water loop to flush toilets with.
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Post by ZMace » Tue Mar 17, 2015 12:34 pm

It's nice to know that those large cubes can freeze several times in a row. I may have to look into those.

I have standard rain barrels (plastic) and they can freeze the first winter, but due to the stretch, the second time they freeze they tend to split down the side.

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Post by KYZHunters » Tue Mar 17, 2015 1:08 pm

ZMace wrote:It's nice to know that those large cubes can freeze several times in a row. I may have to look into those.

I have standard rain barrels (plastic) and they can freeze the first winter, but due to the stretch, the second time they freeze they tend to split down the side.
In our area you can get them used with plumbing attached (valve etc) for around $75. They are used to ship a wide variety of chemicals so you have to be careful what you're buying.
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Re: Reduce/Reuse/Recycle... water

Post by Dawgboy » Tue Mar 17, 2015 4:33 pm

I built this mess. It's still running just fine. I have to mess with the float switch and clean the filter occasionally.

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Re: Reduce/Reuse/Recycle... water

Post by raptor » Tue Mar 17, 2015 6:54 pm

Good topic!

I have rain barrels but honestly have little need of them unless the tap water shuts off because of ...well the rain. :D

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Re: Reduce/Reuse/Recycle... water

Post by TacAir » Tue Mar 17, 2015 8:15 pm

The Japanese face the same issue set.

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reuse of hand wash water

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smaller bath tub and a change of how one washes.
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Re: Reduce/Reuse/Recycle... water

Post by angelofwar » Tue Mar 17, 2015 8:47 pm

Water is a real issue...and, like the decline of oil supplies in ~2050, seems to be an issue we'll just "pretend doesn't exist".

While I have no current catchment system/recycle system, I did build a simple one using some tin roofing and PVC to channel the water to a collection and then purification point. My young ones destroyed that though. I turn water off when not in use, don't water the grass, etc.

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Re: Reduce/Reuse/Recycle... water

Post by Boondock » Tue Mar 17, 2015 9:33 pm

I really need to get off my butt and install that rain barrel. I keep putting it off. Not this year!

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Re: Reduce/Reuse/Recycle... water

Post by Anianna » Tue Mar 17, 2015 10:25 pm

I would like a commode system that stores and uses grey water for flushing. If you take a shower, your water should not go down the drain, but into a holding tank for the toilet. I like the handwash water going into the commode for flushing, but it should come from every sink and perhaps appliances such as the washer, as well. I would do something like this in our house if I had any clue how.
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Re: Reduce/Reuse/Recycle... water

Post by Dawgboy » Wed Mar 18, 2015 3:04 pm

These are freaking awesome. Why they are not required in new construction in the southwest is beyond my understanding...

http://inhabitat.com/sloans-innovative- ... rop-count/
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Re: Reduce/Reuse/Recycle... water

Post by Anianna » Thu Mar 19, 2015 9:18 am

Dawgboy wrote:These are freaking awesome. Why they are not required in new construction in the southwest is beyond my understanding...

http://inhabitat.com/sloans-innovative- ... rop-count/
That's a start, but I'm thinking something bigger, more like this. I think all homes should be build with a full grey water reclamation system. Cloud 10 Rainwater Harvesting and Grey Water Reclamation Systems harvests both rain and grey water into treatment tanks. I think that would be ideal for farm use. Think of all the landscaping and farm projects that could use grey water and rainwater effectively.
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