Whilst you’ll never have to pay a water bill again, you will have to make some initial investments, plus you’ll need to be certain that you live in a suitable area. Here are just several ways to take your water supply off-grid.
Dig a well
The most traditional way of obtaining water is to dig a well. This involves digging a hole that reaches below the water table, allowing you to access groundwater. A well can cost several thousands to build. Getting planning permission in most urban areas is impossible and you probably don’t want to attempt to build a well if you live somewhere elevated (the lower, the better). It’s ideal for rural homes in areas that may not receive much rainfall.
It’s also possible to harvest rainwater. This is commonly done by collecting water in rain barrels. You can buy specialist barrels from companies such as Tanks Direct. Rainwater harvesting is great option if you live somewhere that receive regular rainfall, plus you don’t need planning permission for barrels.
Use a purification system
Rainwater is some of the safest water to drink, however it can still contain contaminants that you may want to filter out. By using a good quality rain barrel that is kept sterile you can avoid contamination. You should avoid collecting runoff from a branch or roof, as this is likely to pick up dirt or bugs. There are purification systems out there available from companies such as Culligan Water that can heat and filter water to help get rid of any contaminants in order to ensure that your water is as healthy as it can be.
Install a septic tank
Without pipes connected to sewerage, you’ll need a septic tank. This is a tank in which your waste goes – this can be collected by a waste company on a regular basis. Installing a septic tank is likely to require planning permission. Tanks are usually place underground in a location that can be accessed by a vehicle in order to collect the waste when the tank is full. Make sure that the tank has some ventilation to avoid odorous gases building up.
Recycle your greywater
Greywater is waste water used when showering or using the sink (this does not include waste water from the toilet). It’s possible to recycle this water and use it for processes such as toilet flushing and watering plants. This involves installing a greywater recycling system, which is a costly job but one that is worthwhile in the long run. Sites like Aquaco offer more information on greywater recycling for those that want to make use of this feature.