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Aug 222014
 
Water Wells and Planning for Problems

Many of us rely on wells for our water supply, and in such cases, we have an electric pump that lifts the water up and into a supply tank. These pumps are usually long-lived and reliable, and draw little power (at least by present day standards where we have access to virtually unlimited electrical power at comparatively low cost). But what happens in a future adverse scenario where first our power fails and then secondly […]

May 262012
 
The Essential Role of Water When Choosing Your Retreat Location

Finding the ideal retreat location is a bit like finding the ideal spouse.  Almost impossible. There are many different factors to consider in evaluating different retreat locations, including for most of us the key issue of affordability (although when it comes to Level 3 scenarios, it could be argued that a bad retreat location is only slightly better than no retreat location at all). How to juggle the many different factors for a ‘perfect’ retreat […]

May 172012
 
The Energy Cost of Pumping Water from a Well

If you have a well, you need a pump to do two things for you – one obvious, the other perhaps not quite so obvious. First, you need to pump the water from whatever level the water table is underground up to the surface.  Second, you need to then pressurize the water for ongoing distribution from the well-head. Considering the second point first, home water pressures are typically in the range of 30 – 80 […]

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