As I hope to strive towards an off-grid lifestyle, I decided early on that I want to harvest rainwater. Fear not, I am not naïve to fact that it’s unlikely that I will be able to collect enough to meet the demands of the house, but at least a little is better than nothing. I admit I am curious as to how much this ‘some’ will be, however as I don’t know where I will be planting my house, I will leave this for a future date.
So whilst the numbers are all unknowns at the moment, I still needed to gain a better understanding of the ‘how’ behind rainwater harvesting. To do so, I read Michael Mobb’s book ‘Sustainable House: Living for Our Future.’ This book breaks down the process Michael went through to convert his Sydney house into an almost self-sufficient home. Though a fair amount of the information isn’t truly applicable to a Tiny Home, it was an excellent read and the chapter on Water was incredibly helpful. I recommend checking out his site- this particular post talks about his water system. If you can get your hands on a copy of the book, it covers this in more detail.
Whilst I will be collecting rainwater, I’d also like to be able to connect the house to the mains. So, my first question is, how do you connect a Tiny House to the water mains?
Essentially, you simply need a hose connection, exterior to your house.
To this you attach a water hose, which runs between the house and the properties utility spigot, giving you water. At either the utility tap or at the connection point of your house, there should be a shut off valve. This will enable you to turn off the entire water system if something goes wrong.
The water from the mains doesn’t need to be run via a pump, as the water will already be under pressure, however you can install a pressure regulator if your water source pressure fluctuates greatly. [Tiny Nest installed a sprinkler pressure regulator as a solution to this. This video also shows them connecting to their house to the mains to test their plumbing]
I admit that the idea of plumbing has never sent me into a spiral of excitement.
To be fair it probably doesn’t send many people into a ‘spiral of excitement’, but it truly has been one of the aspects of the Tiny House that I’ve least been looking forward to.
Little did I know that plumbing, at least Tiny House plumbing, is actually pretty neat, completely straightforward and, dare I say, really, truly exciting. In fact, I’m now that darn keen on plumbing, that I recommenced this blog just so I could talk about it.
Now, I should probably note, the levels of excitement radiating from this post may suggest I actually have hard and fast knowledge to share, I don’t. So if it’s good solid information you seek, I would propose saving yourself some time and maybe skipping this one. However, if you are a plumbing newbie like myself and just seek a small assurance that plumbing is not all bad, you may find some comfort.