Joe, of Homesteadonomics, who islocated 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 the water needs for our homes is something I believe is possible, but have not sat down with the county health department to confirm that. I like the concept and will be exploring the possibilities, designing a workable system and its pricing.
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.