Sewage Treatment

Spring, 2013 Academy: grey water planter beds being lined

new global model grey water planter beds being lined – spring academy

gwater_planter_lining

Survival Pod Earthships: Why they are more attainable buildings

The Earthship crew is currently working with Long Way Home in Comalapa, Guatemala building a 3-U Survival Pod Earthship for Romeo Apen and his family.  

guatemala front

The structure for the Survival Pod is more or less the same as the Vaulted Global model Earthship.  However, the systems in place for a Survival Pod Earthship are mainly what differentiates in the affordability and the attainability of these buildings for more people.  The systems are functional, but abbreviated in these structures.

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Update: Earthship Guatemala Day 5

Earthship Guatemala Lunch

Continue with cementing the vault and creating the parapet behind the house.  Can walls are going up and trash and glass bottle walls are being formed .  The framing of the south facing windows is about half way completed.  The structure is beginning to be enclosed and looking more and more like a home every day.  

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Grease and Particle filter: An easy way to retrofit your home creating a grey water planter bed

earthship sink bedHere is a basic step-by-step process so that you can take the water from your kitchen or bathroom sink and direct it into an adjacent planter bed to create a grey water planter system. This way you are using the water a second time and it is not wasted but is guided directly to the plants’ root systems.

earthship greywater sink

We began by redirecting the plumbing under the sink so that the water flow would exit outwards into where the planter is located. We then measured the distance from the outlet pipe to the base of the planter space in order to size the reception box that will be added.

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How to Build the Greywater Planters in an Earthship

Containment, Treatment & Distribution

The concept used for containment, treatment and distribution of sewage-water is based on and draws information from the wetlands concept which has long been used in exterior applications for thousands of years by humans and nature.

The Earthship sewage system differs from the wetlands approach in that it primarily treats the gray water inside the building and the sewage from the toilet outside of the building, both in smaller areas. Greywater is the used water after all receptacles except the toilet.

All household sewage is used & reused in the interior and exterior planters, called botanical cells.

Earthship greywater planter
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video by Francis Gendron

A New Age of Greenhouse Management

earthship greenhouse greywater planterThe onset of Earthship greenhouses and their necessity as a household utility.

contributed by
Jeane Nardone, Michelle Locher & Dan Dynan
photo: Dan Dynan

Earthship structures and the developmental creation of these buildings transcend the typical practice of greenhouse management. These greenhouses fill the gap between greenhouses as a hobby and commercial greenhouses. The onset of Earthship structure transforms greenhouse management from a hobby to practicality. They have advanced themselves into a necessity in these households in order to maintain utilities. This will require a new kind of participation to keep grey water clean, the septic system healthy, to maximize your water usage and for food production. In the Greater World Community, we are constantly trying to create a better, more passive toolbox for what is needed to keep greenhouses healthy – to keep us healthy.

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Growing food in black water planters for the Earthship homeowner

Spring 2011 I had sown too many seeds to plant in the indoor grey water planters and the suspended food growing buckets. Being a plant lover I could not let the extra starts die, so I planted them in the only other place they would be able to grow out here on the High Desert Mesa, the Visitors Center black water planter. The black water planter is a contained out door botanical cell located between the septic tank and the leach field. Here, black water planters usually have cold hardy ornamentals such as red willows, cold hardy fruit trees such as winter pear and apple, and wild flowers growing, providing a habitat and food source for wild birds and small animals out here on the Mesa.

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New York City Earthship: Lower East Side: Black Water

SCHEMATIC DEVELOPMENT OF SYSTEMS
Ken Ruck | Earthship New York City
(This is a bottom line presentation – support data available on request)

Sewage: – Black Water

Black Water is the toilet and kitchen sink because both have solid matter which is dealt with differently than Grey Water.

Black Water is collected up with conventional drainage lines on both floors and delivered to a conventional septic tank arrangement in the yard on the west side of the building. EXHIBIT H

The underground level is below the yard so a pump station/tank will be used to transform and deliver Black Water to the conventional septic tank in the yard.

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New York City Earthship: Lower East Side: Grey Water

SCHEMATIC DEVELOPMENT OF SYSTEMS
Ken Ruck | Earthship New York City
(This is a bottom line presentation – support data available on request)

Sewage: – Grey Water

Grey Water is everything but the toilet and kitchen sink.

Grey Water is collected up with conventional drainage lines on both floors and delivered
to what is called a RECEPTION CELL. EXHIBITS E & F

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Growing food in black water planters for the Earthship homeowner

Growing food in Green Buildings

Spring 2011 I had sown too many seeds to plant in the indoor grey water planters and the suspended food growing buckets. Being a plant lover I could not let the extra starts die, so I planted them in the only other place they would be able to grow out here on the High Desert Mesa, the Visitors Center black water planter. The black water planter is a contained out door botanical cell located between the septic tank and the leach field. Here, black water planters usually have cold hardy ornamentals such as red willows, cold hardy fruit trees such as winter pear and apple, and wild flowers growing, providing a habitat and food source for wild birds and small animals out here on the Mesa.

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