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Rainwater Harvesting Tour

Joe, of Homesteadonomics, who is located out in Arizona has done a really nice job of designing, installing and living off a rainwater harvesting system for he and his family.  This video gives a detailed tour of his system. The following video is a Q and A on his system.

Granbury, Texas, where Texas Tiny Homes is planning to build some small luxury homes, averages around 35" inches of rainfall each year. Adding a rain-harvest system to supply all the water needs for our homes is possible, but would require some planning and the upfront expense to design and install a system.  Examples: A 14' X 25' carport (one of the options for our new homes) could capture around 7656 gallons of water per year based on the rainfall in Granbury. The roof on one of our 600+ square models could capture another 5000 to 7000 gallons of water each year, so both roof capture scenario's could provide all the water needs for the year for one person living in one of our small homes. The rain water would be treated and filtered, meet health department requirements, but could save you $700 to $1000 dollars per year in water expensive. The upfront expense for a rainwater harvest system for this size would run approximately $4500.00; including materials and installation, but would pay for itself in 5 to 6 years. A rainwater harvest system is something to consider if you wish to live off grid, organically. All of our lots in Granbury have metered water available from a community water system for those not interested in this approach, or unable to afford the upfront expense 

Kitchen Sink | Black Water Recycling For Garden Use

Grey water filtering systems are one of the options we are looking into and considering in an effort to help make the starting price for of our new site-built, luxury homes in Granbury more affordable, since septic systems are SO expensive.

This particular video shows how Ben Jamaya designed an above ground system to treat his kitchen sink water, which is consider black water. His approach is pretty complex and not sure if it’s over kill or not, but it’s definitely food for thought, and some folks might enjoyed nurturing this type of system like gardeners enjoy their focus. His above ground approach could be done at ground level with multiple ponds with fish and streams with plants that the treated water them runs into a buried holding tank at the end, which holds the water for watering plants, garden, or lawn. I don’t know about you, but I find this approach in saving money on a septic system and using the recycle water for a good purpose rather than flushing into the septic system or sewer, very interesting.

Having been a luxury home builder since 1977, this approach is new to me, and it’s a fun learning process, but I assume this approach would not work for black water from toilets. However, if this kitchen black water filtering approach is acceptable with the health department, along with the grey water filtering systems we are also looking at, which would filter the water from the shower, bath sinks and washing machine (which I plan to share some video’s on that) are acceptable with the health department, along with the composting toilet, the homes could be totally organic and not require an expensive septic system. I know some of our prospective build-job clients would not go for an organic approach, but I believe some will, since it saves water, puts used water to good use, and it’s approved by the health department. It’s definitely worth exploring and working up designs and the cost of these options.