Off-Grid Water Systems

John Vivian's three part series on off-grid water systems begins with a complete tour of homesteading water possibilities from catching rainwater in arid climates to digging deep wells to tapping freshwater springs.



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Locating and tapping native water sources.
Locating and tapping native water sources.
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Boxing a spring 2.
Boxing a spring 2.
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Boxing a spring 1.
Boxing a spring 1.
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A modern well point can be driven by hand through relatively loose soil.
A modern well point can be driven by hand through relatively loose soil.
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A hinged-topped roof can convert your boxed spring into a cold store.
A hinged-topped roof can convert your boxed spring into a cold store.
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A modern well point can be driven by hand through relatively loose soil.
A modern well point can be driven by hand through relatively loose soil.
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Large-scale well digging.
Large-scale well digging.
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Components for wells drawing from less than 200 feet can be operated by hand.
Components for wells drawing from less than 200 feet can be operated by hand.
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Modified well buckets can maximize water draw from narrow wells.
Modified well buckets can maximize water draw from narrow wells.
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