When we first moved here,as I’ve said before,( so if I’m repeating myself),we had nothing, not even a toilet because we had no water, so as you can imagine that was the main and first priority.The first system was very easy to set up but not really efficient enough,but at least we had running water,therefore a toilet, sink and bath.

It was just water off the roof into the guttering and flowed into a 1000 litre tank. Because this is only a single storey cabin, there was no pressure so we couldn’t use the shower or kitchen sink taps, but at least we had water, thats all we could keep saying to each other. Because of the electricity system it would have been too draining on the power to run a pump at 600 watts of power and so we had to put up with what we had.It worked well enough but soon the water started to turn ‘green’ from all the crap off the roof washing into the tank, so I had to keep cleaning out the tank and it took ages for it to fill back up!

This wasn’t going to work,and so I went for a walk around the land to have a think (as you do), and I heard water running. On closer inspection I found that we had a free flowing natural spring. I found a wide part in the stream that it caused,so I dug wider and lined it with some polythene that was left over from the polytunnels.(Recycling again!)

All dug out and filling up nicely with natural spring water.

From this point the water is piped down the hill using garden hospipes and plumbed into the stacked water tanks.

You should have seen E and myself getting all of these on top of each other,it was scary! Now we have full water pressure into the cabin so we can have decent showers,all under ‘Boyle’s Law’ that pressure is created by height and not volume.


12 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Bridget
    Nov 20, 2011 @ 16:15:34

    Very impressive!


  2. Andrew Beach
    Nov 20, 2011 @ 16:19:32

    How did you get Willie Nelson to do your gutters for you?. Very impressive!!.


  3. Tigger
    Nov 20, 2011 @ 17:12:29

    Builders, designers, mathamaticians, artists and now scientists – proof that the combination of inspiration and perspiration really does pay off – let this be a guiding light of hope and happiness to us all – well done x


  4. ceciliag
    Nov 20, 2011 @ 22:01:18

    You must have wooped out loud when you found a REAL spring! What a find! awesome.. c


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  6. ceciliag
    Nov 28, 2011 @ 14:44:32

    Hi Guys, i have just named you for an award over at the Farmy, I just love what you are doing!! c


  7. Tandy
    Nov 29, 2011 @ 07:10:38

    HI, I am here via Celi – I really admire you for moving into a house with no running water – it would have had me running away 🙂


  8. Patty
    Nov 29, 2011 @ 10:10:22

    Your store seems so similar to ours. We didn’t have running water either. We’ve come a long way since then but those days sure taught us a lot!


  9. reg
    Aug 04, 2012 @ 21:40:33

    Some poor folks in third world countries have to walk miles every day to collect water and some better off people in other lands insist on swimming pools en suite bathrooms and dishwashers.Lets get a sense on perspective here.Clean water is a necessaty for health and if it comes from a tap in your home you are very lucky Well done to you both and good luck


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