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We moved to our off grid property one year ago and recently we upgraded our off grid water system to something that is both gravity-fed and gives us access to a lot more water! We were first bringing water into our property in 6-gallon jugs but now we have a 650 gallon cistern at the top of our hill. While it is in our future to drill a well, it’s not a good solution for us today as the pros don’t outweigh the cons. We call this our “interim” water solution because it’s between water jugs and a well! For the next couple of years or so, we will probably work on fine-tuning this system as it seems to work great! For more info on water systems when living off the grid, check out the link in the first line of this video description!

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34 thoughts on “The best INSANELY EASY Gravity Fed Water System for Off Grid Living Reviews Coupon Promotional Codes 2019

  1. The excessive & unnecessary (for DIY video tutorial) powered on, guns blazing, constant (at least for the 2:51 I was able to bear with it) machinery running made a video I was really interested in, unbearable. I mean this as constructive criticism.

  2. "Love" the videos, thank you guys'n ( What a Great shared Journey ) one moderate irritation I have come across is " Hot Showers and Water Pressure " I can get the water temp ( 40-50C( sorry I'm 'Aaw'stralian ' 100-120F ) but the pressure leaves a lot to be desired. So if I may ask, how have you set up your Hot Shower System ?

  3. Have you considered a small water catchment system with a first flush using your shed and a raised IIBC tote for a littl water pressure? It could supply your hot tub during non-freezing temps outside. You could use the rest for crops or with a pump fight a fire.

  4. when you were/are pumping water up the hill, the green hose that was used in this video, is that a food grade or a garden hose? IF your using garden hoses, I'd say to upgrade to the food grade so your not ingesting chems and germs.

  5. You don't need the fill pipe you have going into the tank at the top, it will slow the process down by having to go through the T Piece. I have a 3000l Tank that has a single 25mm pipe going into the bottom of it, no other pipes and i fill it from 20~meters below. The pressure is the same irrespective of how wide the tank is. 1.5psi per meter of rise.

  6. Here in Australia the IBC tanks can sell for about $50, that would be maybe $40 USD! Why did you pay $200 USD for that IBC tank or were there other things you got with it?

    Thanks in advance!

  7. I've watched several of your videos. I have children about your ages and I've really enjoyed your videos. Your education format and conversational discussion format is unique. Many other's videos are not as appealing. I do have a question. You guys still have some fairly significant expenses. .are you guys still working jobs for money?

  8. I used to use an old hot water heater. Fill it up by screwing a hose on and that pressure (normal 60psi for cities) is the pressure of the water when you use it. I used one in the back of my truck with a hose and wand to water the flower baskets I made for the little city. You can get a whole raft of these guys in your utility trailer take them to town to fill and enjoy good pressure without gravity feed. Probably need to have a designated trailer. And I am waiting to hear about getting a well built! That city water not only has chlorine it has fluoride which you know by now doesn't do a thing for teeth and is incredibly toxic. Having your own well is the most important part of off the grid. I learned water witching from a wonderful old lady we hired to find where we should put a well. Some people can do this others not so much. No scientific reason has yet been found. But it IS real. She and I traveled all over our 23 acres until we had a clear picture of the water below our feet, different branches of this invisible river system, where the largest branches came from off our property and where they flowed off the property. You should try this yourselves. The easiest to do is to get a deciduous Y branch. Strip it of smaller branches and leaves. The end of the Y should be about 1/2 diameter and cut at an angle, hold the Y branches in upturned loosely held fists with the end you've cut at an angle (about 4-6" long from the two branches). Learn to roll the cut end so it comes towards you without having to let go. Roll it a couple of times and end up with the end pointing straight up. By now you should be feeling your branch having a life of its own. Cool feeling. Walk a grid pattern marking the spots where the cut end pulls down to the ground. And you will feel this big time. Sometimes the 'signal' is so strong you'll be pulled off balance. To 'reset' your branch just roll it towards you a few times. Make sure you mark this with your foot or upside down paint. All water except for pipes will have a WIDTH. After resetting your branch (dowsing rod) walk slowly forward and your branch should insist on pulling down again. This would be the other side of your underground tributary. Each and every mark gets put on graph paper. You should begin to see a pattern forming. Then you redo the grid again to test or validate earlier findings. This time mark on your map where the strongest responses were giving them a 1 to 5 rating. One caveat with branches (I love willow myself) is it has to be during the growing season, not when dormant. Your branch should be freshly cut. I've now got rods that instead of pulling down they cross each other horizontally and/or open wide (little L's where you hold the 3-4" short leg pointing the long leg in front of you and keeping it as level as possible). These are nice as they not only tell you the beginning of the side of a river but the perpendicular direction as well. Connect the dots on your graph paper. After all this work, hire a professional dowser. Don't let him/her know that you've done your homework. The only thing that a dowser can not do is know the depth of the water. If you have neighbors somewhere near find out the depth of their well. I would get a second dowser and get their opinion. Costs a few hundred bucks for a dowser and worth every penny to do before hand. We settled on a few spots taking into consideration access by the drilling truck and access to the underground cistern and the access to your home. My husband brought in a second dowser and low and behold, he drew up the same system and gave us more thoughts on location. Welp, the good news is we found WONDERFUL water, huge pressure, can't remember the gallon per minutes but it was huge. Never ran the well down once and there were a few times it was left on. Ice cold, slightly sweet, a little milky at first but soon turned crystal clear. That was the best water I've ever tasted. We used no filters or treatments. Testing said it was mineral rich but we shouldn't have problems with build up. The bummer was it was 800 feet deep!! But didn't cost much more than doing 75 feet as they charge per foot past a set amount. That mountain range we lived on had NO standing water or intermittent streams anywhere. A very dry range. I used to take full barrels of water and hide them out of sight just so I could water my horses and myself and my dogs on rides. 800 feet you tend not to worry about contamination by anything, grins. Public records would also show the depth of wells in that general area. I'd like to hear about your permitting guidelines. Now that you for sure are on their radar you kinda have to play by the rules, yes? No? Permitting is tough just to do solar.

    The old water drillers will tell you just to pick a spot as no matter where you dig you will find water. Could be true I guess. I just think it is funny that water dowsers are still considered divinators…Just thought you might like to play with this. I think everyone could do this, those that insisted they couldn't looked like they were going to bolt or something. If you can't 'see, touch, smell, hear or taste' something that doesn't mean it is not there, grins!

  9. Get up that hill mountain man.

    You could build a big insulated box around it.  Easier to maintain at a later date.  You also don't need to put a big tank up at the top of the hill.  Get yourself a small solar pump with enough head to get the water up there and set it up with a dedicated solar panel.  Every day it'll pump water up to the top tank with water from the much larger bottom tank.  That way you can use a tanker service to have them drop off a few thousand gallons of water at a time or collect rain water off your roof and hot tub platform.

    If you are going to store a lot of water on site you better start looking into water purification.  2-3 weeks is a long time to keep water in an unsealed container.  Its pretty easy and it'll save you from the joy of water  born illness later on.

  10. I see in the video that you have a small stream you was looking at. have you thought about getting a ram pump to get water to your non potable water system like gardens and car wash and shower. here is a link:

  11. I have been looking at those big tanks (1500-3000 gallon) but I wasn't sure how they would handle freezing weather.

    We used a smaller one (65 gallon) temporally, and painted it black to keep sunlight out.

    Like you, we are glad that we don't have to kart in water as often.

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