Matt Savinar has posted this request at LATOC: "If anybody out there has knowledge of how to get as "water-self sufficient" as possible while still living in the suburbs, city, or a small apartment and and would like to
write an article about how to do it on the cheap, email me."
"On the cheap"??? Well all I can say is not depending on the local water utility is not easy or cheap. I can only imagine what not depending on fossil fuels will be like. I am proud, however, that the rainwater system enabled me to go seven months without the water utility before the drought kicked in. It hasn't rained but perhaps a half an inch in over two months, (currently over 33 days without rain, and none forecasted, and now over a four inch deficit so far this year.)
The link Matt Savinar provided is to this article at FromtheWilderness:
http://www.fromthewilderness.com/free/w ... es.shtml#2
Can you live without indoor running water?
Written by Jan Lundberg
Culture Change Letter #101
http://culturechange.org/cms/index.php? ... iew&id=14&
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The answer to the question "Can you live without indoor running water?" is simple: you'll have to. The passing of abundant oil is not shaping up to be a soft landing for those with the fattest asses. And in this world, we all know which nation leads the way in obesity. Contrast this with the image of slender villagers carrying water casks on their heads, and how their food supply tends to be very local: this will be the envy of U.S. consumers caught short.
You can live without functional plumbing, but you cannot live without water. Some indoor plumbing may work after the energy crisis hits with all its might. But, as this report endeavors to warn, the water in your outdoor environment -- such as it is -- will be what you live on (or that doesn't allow you to live at all). What a discovery for the nature deniers to experience. Will frightened hoards be the rule in U.S. cities rather than the exception?
The average amount of water consumed per capita in the U.S. is 183 gallons a day (1990; U.S. EPA). This reflects public water supply usage, and it's twice as high in the western U.S. as in the east. One reason is that irrigation uses 81% of water in the nation. Problems with irrigation: huge energy demand for pumping; drawdowns of ancient aquifers, and salinization. "
I'm way below the average use stated above (183 gal/day). I use less than 100 gal/day.
All the irrigation from my rainwater system uses no electricity, just gravity.
Signed--praying for rain and doing a rain dance!