Water availability will always help determine what can be achieved on the homestead. Because every homestead is different, a good water system must be customized to meet your needs. Call for consultation.
WATER SYSTEM DIAGRAM pdf
WATER CATCHMENT pdf
WATER PURIFICATION pdf
GRAY WATER SYSTEM pdf
Our water system uses rainwater catchment as its primary source. We chose not to put in a well because of it’s initial cost, $15k - 25k at a minimum of 400 feet, and because such a deep well would require more energy to operate than we were willing to pay for. Since many missionaries we serve live in places without wells, we wanted to experience what that meant on a day to day basis. It should be noted that we do our laundry at a laundromat.
To provide water for our landscape we also use techniques to direct rainwater to plants and trees. See Brad Lancaster’s great books, Rainwater Catchment for DRYLANDS and Beyond, Volumes I and II, for strategies that maximize the effectiveness of ALL the water that falls on our property.
The bottom line is this: For fifteen years we have had all the water that we have needed to operate our home and garden, getting water during thirteen of those years, only from the sky.
5.25% Sodium Hypochlorite
Mixture should still have a distinct chlorine taste or smell after waiting period. If chlorine smell is not detected, add same dose of the solution to the water and let mixture stand for an additional 15-20 minutes.
From Making the Best of Basics by James Talmage Stevens, Gold Leaf Press, ©1997.
Safety Note 2014: For the past three or four years, the manufacturers of bleach have changed the percentage of the active ingredient, sodium hypochlorite in their products. You must make sure that the sodium hypochlorite is at least 5.25%
If you are a person who learns best by doing, then Abundaculture training with Jack Dody is your kind of training. The rich experiences and resources he has brought together over three decades are priceless. He lives out what he teaches, and his training is deeply rooted in and saturated with Scripture. As a worker headed to the deserts of Chad with my family, I considered the environment in central Colorado to be similar to Chad: dry and difficult. But even if you are going to the jungle or urban-center, the practical daily living skills surrounding homesteading, making clean water, growing food, reusing waste, and producing sustainable energy will be helpful for you and can be a ministry to your neighbors. I highly recommend Abundaculture training with Jack Dody, and I promise you that there will not be a dull moment living off the grid with the Dodys!
–Justin, serving in Chad