Dismantling the Water Totes

We drained and dismantled the two, 275 gallon water containment totes today. The winter freeze up is coming and it is time.

Double tanks water

The water totes sit on logs that we picked up for free along side of the roadway. This height allows me to place a 5-gallon white bucket under the faucet for a bucket full of water.

Even though we are blessed to live in the Great Lakes State and are blessed with a lot of fresh water in our county, many parts of the US are facing severe water restrictions. My heart goes out to them.

Brown downspout and brown tub

The water flows off of the pole barn roof and into the totes via a hose-way.

We are fortunate to have two wells on our homestead. Both were here when we bought this property There is one well for the house and one for the in the ground swimming pool (which has not been used since the big flooding in 2008-2012.)With the flow of a pump, both offer us sweet accessible water and yet, we are always very water conscious.

Gene tube best

Gene is disconnecting the water hose.

When remodeling we have chosen low flow shower heads and low flow sink faucets. We considered the low flow toilet options but our plumber told us not too as well as on a well pump system and there is apparently trouble with that combination. 

White pipe with faucet

Plastic PVC pipe with a turn on/turn off switch.

Anytime the water is flowing out of the sink or a faucet there is another receptacle nearby to catch the overflow. That overflow is used in cooking, rinsing out dishes, put on house plants, used for animal drinking water and so on.

I never take potable drinking water for granted. And, even though our water table is high right now, I am always conscious of being responsible with this precious natural resource. Water conservation is now a natural part of our everyday living.  After fourteen years, I don’t think much about it anymore, I just do it naturally.

Clover snowball and bin USE

The galvanized water trough in our vegetable garden is handy for containing water and for on the spot watering.

I also keep multiple 5-gallon buckets out under the metal pole barn roof to capture the natural run-off of water from a rain storm. That rainwater is then poured into planters, under trees and shrubs in the garden. Or if the rain has watered the plants, then this water is poured into the animal tank in the vegetable garden and used on the vegetable as needed.

Last year we bought and connected two 275 gallon water tanks to the back of our pole barn to capture the flowing water that cascades off the top of our pole barn roof. These totes were filled two and half times last growing season. All of that water was used to water either our vegetable garden or the freshly planted evergreens we planted over the past two years to create a bit of screening and privacy between our home and the busy roadway in front of us. No electricity needed.

I have never lived in an area where water was scarce but I read about the Western states and beyond, and I think and I react accordingly. I feel a strong responsibility to use our resources wisely…all of them…

Small House Homesteader, Donna