Water system

As of now, the water “system” consists of two parts: the pond and the cistern.

The pond collects water from the upper pasture just through overflow; there are no drainage tiles or grates below the surface collecting water anywhere.  The pipe on the pond goes to the bottom of the gully and empties onto a piece of plywood and then onto some rocks.  I don’t really do anything with the water besides gather it in buckets to water the plants.  If I’m feeling super productive, I may try to put some windmill so that I can pump the water over a little ridge and then to the gardens, but I’m not entirely sure on how to do that yet.  So it’s buckets for now.

The cistern collects water from the roof.  I don’t have any special filter or first flush system on it, as I thought I was going to (see this post).  I talked to an old farmer and he told me that I should just filter the water on the back end instead of trying to filter it and then store it.  That ended up being a lot easier, because the filter that I had been building was going to be so large that it was going to be difficult to support.  Consequently, I got myself a little Berkey water filter.  For drinking water, I just get a pitcher of water from the cistern and pour it into the filter.  The filter could also filter the pond water and make it potable, but I don’t foresee any circumstances under which I’d do that.  As for showers, I just put water in my black shower bag and then leave it in the sun.  Eventually, I’m going to try to make a dedicated shower water system from the water coming off the outhouse and woodshed, but that’s some time off.

As of now, the water “system” consists of two parts: the pond and the

cistern.

The pond collects water from the upper pasture just through overflow;

there are no drainage tiles or grates below the surface collecting

water anywhere.  The pipe on the pond goes to the bottom of the gully

and empties onto a piece of plywood and then onto some rocks.  I

don’t really do anything with the water besides gather it in buckets

to water the plants.  If I’m feeling super productive, I may try to

put some windmill so that I can pump the water over a little ridge

and then to the gardens, but I’m not entirely sure on how to do that

yet.  So it’s buckets for now.

The cistern collects water from the roof.  I don’t have any special

filter or first flush system on it, as I thought I was going to (see

this post).  I talked to an old farmer and he told me that I should

just filter the water on the back end instead of trying to filter it

and then store it.  That ended up being a lot easier, because the

filter that I had been building was going to be so large that it was

going to be difficult to support.  Consequently, I got myself a

little Berkey water filter.  For drinking water, I just get a pitcher

of water from the cistern and pour it into the filter.  The filter

could also filter the pond water and make it potable, but I don’t

foresee any circumstances under which I’d do that.  As for showers, I

just put water in my black shower bag and then leave it in the sun.

Eventually, I’m going to try to make a dedicated shower water system

from the water coming off the outhouse and woodshed, but that’s some

time off.

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3 Comments »

  1. Loch said

    Will there ever be a well on the farm? Or a place to wish?

    • Nathan said

      Ha! A well… unlikely, but maybe. And you can make a wish anytime there’s a shooting star or at the first star you see at night or you can put a watermelon seed on your head and make your wish before it falls off.

  2. Elena said

    I have some pennies for the well if the farm ever gets one. A silver dollar too I think.

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