With alternative housing options popping up everywhere, it begs the question: how exactly do these tiny homes get water?
This article will discuss 10 efficient ways to get water in a tiny house.
1. Buy water containers
Water containers are storage facilities that are used to store water for future use. This involves having different gallons that can collect water. You can have small tanks put outside so that you again collect water from it and put in the gallons for storage.
2. Pay for water delivery
Now, having to do all these might also reduce your space that is already limited. You can also opt to get water from water suppliers. What you need is a storage tank that can handle your daily water needs.
When you are calling in a water supplier, they will definitely want to know how much water you will need. From there, they will then estimate which size of tanker that you need to be delivered. It is good to have a bigger water tank that is able to hold enough water that will take you many weeks if not months.
3. Collect rainwater
Rainwater is free water that you will not have to buy. When it rains, you will need to have better water collection laces. If you don’t have an underground tank, then it means that you will have to have above-ground tanks with the ability to hold water that is collected from the iron sheets as it rains.
Gathers should also be well put so that no much water is lost too. If you are in a place that you don’t experience acidic rain, then rainwater is the best option also when you don’t want to do any forms of water collection and connection.
4. Spring/well collection
Others have decided to dig a well or a spring. This is also a nice way of ensuring that there is enough water that is got for family usage. It does not matter how deep your well is but one thing that you can agree with me is that drawing from water from that well every day by use of ropes is one tedious task.
That’s is why you will just need a pump to get the water up to the tank before it flows back to the house for use. With the right kind of connection and a well that is all season that does not dry up, there is no time that you can miss the water in your tiny house.
5. Direct water hookup
If you are not off-grid and maybe your future plans also do not make you decide to be off-grid, you will be a better place because you will always have access to a public water source. This is easier for you because you will just need to hook your tiny home directly to the water source that is passing by.
This is a greater option because you will now have all the water that you need. What you will need to do is set up some plumping in your home so that it is able to take in water from these sources with the use of an RV hose pipe.
6. Someone else’s house
This is one of the options that will need consensus. If you want to be connected to have water from your neighbor, then the owner should be having water in excess, or having enough water to be used by both houses.
Whichever agreement that you will reach on, paid or free, the right connecting will also be done to your house through a pipe so that you have it running too.
7. Public water supply
Public water is supplied across to different places that need water. This process will mean that you will have a monthly payment to that water system. You will visit the company that supplies water so that you are connected to the system. Then a meter is put for monitoring your usage.
It is one of the best because it rarely encounters water shortage, except when there is a process in the connecting pipes.
8. Tank and pump
Sometimes you might be the person that will want to have that freedom to live off the grid. You might also never want to worry about the process of hooking to a water source. The option that you will need to have is having a water tank and a pump.
Having these two is not going to be of merit because your house is small. This is because they will take up more of your space that’s is already not enough. At the same time, they might turn out to be noisy when they are in use.
At this juncture, you will also have to make the decision on the size of the tank that you will need to buy or have. Bigger tanks are good because they more water but at the same time, they will take more of your space.
You will need to determine how often you will have access to water so that you are able to make a decision on the kind of tank that you will need. I also advise that you invest in a pump strainer so that you are able to filter out any sediments that might enter the pump.
This I god for your health and the entire family at a large and also the life of your pump also.
9. Feed the water tanks with water containers
Station a water tank in a specified place and try to have water-filled into it by the use of water containers. These tanks might be the main ones that will ensure water is flown back into the house. When it runs dry and you have no option of having it filled, you can collect water and then fill it up.
10. Hybrid (can hookup or use tank)
For those that are frequent travelers, a hybrid plumbing system makes the transition from the off-grid to on-grid look easier and seamless. When there is a right system that has been put in place, you will not worry about the overflows and damages that might occur to your home.
This is because your tiny water is made to receive city water and then you store it in your own water tank.
Ensure that you have installed separate water valves that will handle freshwater supply together with the city water. This is important because it ensures that your freshwater does not overflow when it is connected to RV park amenities.
You might be having a water heater tank, which is alright. If not, you can feed your home without water by the installation of a tankless water heater. One limitation of this kind of setup is that it is limited to the shower, but there is no need of setting up a separate hot water tank.
You might need to sell your small house in the future and having both the on-grid and off-grid water options will definitely increase its sale value. New owners will have a flexible option when they will think of what they will do with their new home.