You want to build your Tiny House and you wonder how to manage the water supply? Is it possible to make it completely independent of the public network or on the contrary to allow it to be easily connected to it?
Good news, everything is possible with this type ofnomadic habitat!
Different solutions are available to you depending on your desire for independence and your need for comfort. In this article, we explain everything you need to know to supply water to your little house on wheels.
BE CONNECTED TO THE PUBLIC NETWORK LIKE A CONVENTIONAL HOUSE
This is the most comfortable solution if you do not want to anticipate your water consumption, transport and store it.
Thanks to a plumbing system identical to traditional houses, your Tiny House is connected to the public drinking water network.
Of course, the land on which you install your mini house must be planned for this purpose, otherwise you will have to carry out the connection work. If you don’t want to make your Tiny House totally sedentary and dependent on the public network, you can also opt for a so-called “hybrid” solution: by installing in addition a tank with a pump to be able to move around freely! As soon as you feel like going somewhere else with your Tiny, fill up the tank and your nomadic home becomes meaningful!
INSTALL A WATER TANK FOR A NOMADIC HABITAT
As seen previously, to be able to leave easily with your Tiny House without worrying about the connection to the public network, it is possible to install a water tank with a pump, to fill regularly.
In this case, we advise you to take the time to think about its location, taking into account its size, weight and the noise caused by the pump when in use.
Be careful! The bigger the tank and the greater its storage capacity, the more it will weigh on the Tiny House (which, as a reminder, must not exceed a total weight of 3.5 tons to circulate).
ADAPTING YOUR LIGHT HABITAT TO LIVE DAY BY DAY
You can also opt for the simplest solution: no connection, no water tank. The most basic water management. Store a few cans or bottles of water where necessary: near the sink for washing dishes, in the bathroom for a gravity shower.
It is thus, of course, another way of consuming. You use your water resources sensibly, avoid wastage and live completely independently.
Be careful! With this type of water management, you need to be close to a fresh water source… or to friendly neighbours!
This also involves the transportation and regular replenishment of water. But it is the simplest and most radical method if you wish to live in total autarky and cut yourself off from the world for a few days, or even longer for the most convinced.
BE RESOURCEFUL IN PRESERVING RESOURCES
To go further in the control of water in a Tiny House, you can also use low-tech, that is to say simple, economic and ecological techniques (the opposite of high-tech ^^) which will allow you to manage your water consumption in a responsible way.
When we know that a French person consumes 148 litres of water per day at home, we can indeed want to reduce this economic and ecological bill!
Let’s take the example of these two engineers from the Low-Tech Lab who have set themselves the goal of achieving a consumption of 30 L per day and per person, using different solutions.
Starting with the toilets, by installing dry toilets to save 20% of their water consumption ( see our article The different types of dry toilets ).
Then by the shower. Did you know that your conventional shower represents 40% of your water consumption?
So these two engineers have developed a revolutionary shower prototype: a recycling shower! By the system of a closed circuit, this invention makes it possible to filter and reuse the water of the shower ad infinitum. Still at the prototype stage, it will eventually allow to divide by 7 the water consumption during a shower !(All information on this Low-Tech Lab prototype here ).
By collecting rainwater too, simply by directing the gutters of your Tiny House into a tank.
You can water the plants without wasting water and, if you have some stock, use this water to wash yourself thanks to a completely natural treatment: oyster shells! Used by these engineers of the Low-Tech Lab, they allow to remineralize the water and to raise its PH. And to make it drinkable, they simply use activated carbon !
All that remains is for you to make your choice according to your desires to fit out your future Tiny House and to plan its water supply. And don’t forget: water means sanitation! See our article dedicated to the phyto-purification to treat your wastewater ecologically.
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