If you want to be as self-reliant as possible, one of the most important things you can do is figure out where to get your water from. If you’re lucky, you have a stream or a reliable well on your property. Otherwise, you should look into a rainwater harvesting system.
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I’ve seen a lot of cool setups, both in person and online, but the one in this video by Homesteadonomics takes it to a whole new level. His system can hold about 11,500 pounds and accounts for 90% of his family’s water.
In this tour, not only does he show off his system, he takes the time to explain how it all works. The rain hits a corrugated metal roof, goes through the gutters, down the PVC pipes, and into the holding tanks. Some of the water is diverted over to a 5,000-gallon rain tank. He uses both gravity and a small electric pump to transfer the water.
There’s plenty more but I don’t want to spoil the whole video. You can watch it all below.