Sunday, July 4, 2010

Water Solution

I posted recently about our conundrum finding a water storage solution that allowed us to have safe drinking water even though we don't have room for a large, rigid container. I got some really great ideas in the comments, my favorite being the use of a Heineken mini-keg. The input got my own creativity going again and I had an epiphany: why not use two different containers, one for drinking water and one for dish/shower water? I picked up a 4-gallon solar shower and hung it on the wall next to the sink. In the morning, it can easily be moved and hung on one of our outdoor hooks to heat up in the sun. This gives us passive solar hot water for dishes or for showering.

I'm still not 100% happy with our drinking water container. Right now we are using one of those 3-gallon plastic rectangular dealies. It's a plastic of the slightly less toxic variety, but I'm still not thrilled with using plastic, period. I suspect this part of the system will evolve over time.


The Fuz said...

Here's an interesting thought for you: if you've got space for a 3 or 5 gallon glass brewing carboy, you should be able to find a 2-hole stopper for it. Connect one hole to a foot pump (just a bicycle pump) and put a rigid hose down to the bottom of the jug through the other hole. Air pressure in the bottle will force the water out through the rigid piece, and you can run tubing anywhere in the wagon for running water.

Sheila Poettgen said...

Hi! Just found your blog and love what you're doing!

My partner Sheila & I are going to be using one of the following (one with a filter) for potable water in our tiny house currently in construction. The first is gravity fed, filtered and stainless steel. Its either this style, a porcelain model (no filter) like this or one of the terracotta models that cools water as well as stores it like this one

...or one of these that also comes with a filter.

I love your use of the solar shower - very smart. We've got some Ortlieb water bags (black) that we use for the same purpose (hot showers) but hadn't thought of the simplicity of using also for dishes.

Great job!