Tapping Into Spring Water in Western North Carolina
Welcome back to Base Camp WNC! Today we're embarking on a mission in Western North Carolina aimed at locating and harnessing an abundant spring water source. As we hike up the hill, our hope is that we will find its origin point. The landowner has informed us that they have been able to collect around one gallon and three quarters of water per minute - which represents quite significant yields indeed! Let's get started...
To tap into the spring we used a digging bar to create an opening that was deep enough for us insert plastic walls. This proved challenging due to our proximity near rocky terrain which required extra precautions such as reinforcing it with hydraulic cement and adding bentonite inside too! Finally after all these efforts were made we placed little bleaching pipes directly at its source allowing clear water flow from now onwards.
We are taking the necessary steps to secure our spring head by placing rocks around it and ensuring its adequately covered. As we observe clear water flowing from the outflow we can see that all of this hard work is paying off.
To ensure that the water line originating from their tank is properly filtered they have installed an inverter generator type on their property. The filtration process involves passing through a 20 micron filter followed by a 5 micron filter and finally undergoing UV tube treatment before being stored in a separate tank for use with trailers. This ensures that only pure drinking water reaches them at all times. With this setup in place they can rest easy knowing that they are always getting clean fresh H2O!
As we approach Christmas weekend the cold has presented us with some unforeseen obstacles. With most water lines still above ground due to difficulties in burying them during this time of year and contractors swamped by other commitments making adjustments was necessary for our system design. Our primary objective is ensuring that our off grid property remains functional even when temperatures drop below freezing levels - especially during December months like now!
Our unique setup ensures that our water is thoroughly purified through multiple levels of filtration. The upside down positioning and drain valve in place prevents any possibility of freezing during this process. Once filtered the liquid is stored within a 500 gallon tank close to where trailers are parked for easy access when needed. This approach guarantees maximum quality while also being conveniently located on site.
The pipeline is an integral component of this project spanning over 500 feet long and ensuring a smooth flow into the water system tank with capacity for holding up to 800 gallons. We anticipate completing this endeavor once favorable weather conditions prevail. Our primary objective has been capturing spring water effectively while filtering it thoroughly before delivering it where required - even during these harsh winter months just prior Christmas Day! This achievement will be instrumental in providing accessibility to clean drinking water throughout communities affected by droughts or other natural disasters. With our efforts we hope that everyone can enjoy safe drinking water regardless of their location or circumstances.
As we navigate through the winter and pandemic seasons, our excavating contractor continues to work on completing their tasks. In upcoming videos I'll share more about how going off grid during such times can present unique challenges. If anyone needs assistance with similar projects or insights feel free to reach out - Im here for you! We also have solar solutions coming soon in springtime which will bring new opportunities for growth at this homestead. Let me know if there is anything specific that could benefit from my expertise.
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