If you only use water once - Cooking, washing dishes, washing clothes, and showering - then you are wasting an opportunity.
I want to optimize my homestead so I'm looking for ways to reuse my resources. When using water a second time (called greywater - dirty water from washing dishes then goes to the garden irrigation lines) you double the amount of water you have.
The potential problem comes from using soaps that will kill your whole garden. Salts, chemicals etc can kill bacteria and plants and leave you hungry.
Im starting doing research into how to clean my dishes and clothes while still using that water for greywater irrigation under my plants. This is copied from: https://www.thisoldhouse.com/ideas/plant-friendly-soaps-are-safe-greywater-irrigation
Before you pick which plants you want to plant on your homestead, take a moment to do some homework about what kind of environment they like and what their needs are.
The first step is the Plant Hardiness Zone. This is a map that takes into account the average annual extreme minimum temperature of a location to determine which plants will live there. (Does it get too cold or not cold enough)
If you want to see Earthworks in action check out how China completely changed their northern region from desert to Garden of Eden. This is by far my favorite video and what got me started in all this so many years ago.
Different Sources of Water Off-Grid Include:
Rainwater - Rainfall is one of the most effective and most affordable ways to have water while living off grid. Depending on your location, you can have more or less of it, more or less frequently.
In order to effectively harvest Rainwater, you need to have catchment systems, filters (remove large impurities), purification (remove bacteria), and storage containers.
The most precious resource in today’s world is potable drinking water. Without water, we can’t survive and we are wasting more and more of it every day. Between increased populations and industrial usage, we are running out.
Living off-grid doesn’t protect you from lack of resources. It amplifies your need to be self-reliant. Especially in the desert, water becomes the most important resource. Control your own water, and you control your own way of life.
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