Our Off Grid Water Supply

One question we often get about living off the grid is "what about your water?"  Lucky for us, we get access to all of our water from the lake behind our house. That's because we have a one-of-a-kind off grid water system.

We don't have to worry about water delivery, water hauling, or water shortages. We face many challenges living off the grid. Yet this is one area where we've totally lucked out! Here's how our off grid water system works.

OUR LAKE PROVIDES FRESH WATER

When we first moved off grid I couldn't get my head around the fact that when we were out fishing, our neighbour simply dipped his cup in the lake when he was thirsty.

A few weeks later, I talked to a chemical engineer who lived on a property a few miles from us. She ran tests every spring, and said the water was perfectly safe. So there's a lot of water, and it's clean.

WE PUMP WATER YEAR-ROUND

Instead, our off grid water system depends on a permanently installed submersible water circulating electric pump. It's 14 feet underwater in the lake. We've never had any issues with it.

ABOVE GROUND WATER PIPE

We pump water uphill through 225 feet of insulated water line protected by 3- inch PVC pipe. For our family of four, we only need to fill our 1500 gallon water tank about once every three weeks.

A 1500-GALLON OFF GRID WATER TANK

Our off grid water system works so well that our tank fills up pretty quickly. Of course, it depends on how low we've let the water level go.

A CIRCULATING HOT GLYCOL SYSTEM HEATS THE WATER LINE IN WINTER

Usually, we heat the glycol for about 30 minutes. Next, we turn on the pump (there's a switch right in our water tank room), to let the glycol pump for about 20 minutes to melt ice in the line.

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