Water is a quickly dwindling resource. Some have speculated that the energy crisis of the 21st century will be matched with a coming global water crisis. Already parts of the world are feeling the effects of drought and poor water quality. Government and corporations are seizing water rights of the common man and forcing protest and riots in some parts of the world.
Well water has long been the staple water source for the off-grid farm. The use of cisterns for water catchment has also been a long standing practice of the homestead farmer. With the development of UV filters and reverse osmosis systems, we are now able to more safely use catchment water for potable systems. Depending on location, large amounts of water can be stored from catchment or well. Well water has been found to have health advantages over municipal water sources. Minerals and lack of chemicals make well water a safer choice for a drinking source. Catchment water also lacks chemicals such as Chlorine and others found in river ways, though, in most cases, without further filtering, alternate use for this water is recommended.
Grey water systems are using run-off water for non-potable uses, such as plant watering, animal watering, outdoor washing or flushing toilets. The cleaner the collection process, the less filtering would be required for higher uses of collected water. Many off-griders use a clean roof surface such as metal or clay tile to collect water from. Various methods of ground collection are also used to filter water as it is collected through layers of sand and aggregate. Methods of water "recharging" address the issue of the water void in below ground aquafers. Often, water which is used by people and comes in rain, runs-off in creeks and rivers without having a chance to soak into deeper grounds. Coupling the use of grey water and well system can help the off-grider tackle all the forms of water needed for the farm.
Remote water pumping for livestock is another application which involves an off-grid power source (usually wind or solar). Oftentimes, it is more cost beneficial for a rancher to drill a remote well, powered by solar, than to plumb rural water a great distance. One additional advantage, RE is not subject to power outages like the traditional grid.
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