Water. When it comes to supporting life, it’s the most essential element on our planet. Today, the mounting demand for freshwater resources has never been greater. Responsible and effective water usage is everybody’s job. Whether you live off the grid or on, proper maintenance of your water systems and being mindful of how much water you draw from them is paramount for conservation efforts.
There are many ways of conserving water. For instance, rain water harvesting or “catchment” is the practice of collecting rain water in water storage barrels. The water is then used for indoor plumbing or outdoor watering. Many homesteaders use rain water for their thirsty gardens. And if you are wondering about recycling water at home, gardens are an excellent recipient of water from a DIY grey water system. A grey water system can be as basic or advanced as you choose. Grey water can be harvested from sinks, showers, baths and laundry. It does not include toilet water.
Many of our readers reside on sizable plots of homesteading land. If you fall within that category, you may be interested in farm pond design. If you decide to build a pond on your homestead, proper farm pond maintenance is a must. It ensures fish stay healthy and ponds do not suffer from issues such as winterkill.
Jeff Hoard, Countryside Contributor, shares his thoughts about his farm pond, which is filled via wind-powered pumps:
“A well-planned farm pond can add pleasure and productivity to your land. It provides a calm, peaceful area to relax, fish, etc. We also use ours in a practical way, to irrigate plants, which keeps the water moving and cleaner.”
When disaster strikes, access to safe water for drinking and personal use can be compromised. It’s smart to research how much water you should store as an emergency essential ahead of time. If you have a well and generally use an on-grid pump, some Countrysiders also recommend building a backup off-grid water system in case of emergency.
It’s easy to take water for granted. Remember, even small changes to your water footprint can mean big reductions to the consumption of this precious resource in the long run.