Archives for Water

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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Earthship Hotwater Systems

Video overview of the hot water system in an Earthship.

Heating water for household use and to melt ice and snow on the roof.

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with Luigi, Earthship Plumber.
video by Francis Gendron

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Solar-Powered Still Turns Salty Ocean Water Fresh

sent to us by former Earthship Academy student, Viola Sartori

Without access to fresh, clean drinking water, millions of people around the world must endure compromised health conditions and a poor standard of living. Many, mostly women, are forced to walk long hours to find water supplies, which are often polluted, only to face the backbreaking task of carrying it home. By the year 2025, 2/3 of the world population will lack sufficient fresh water, so this problem is only going to get worse if we don’t find a practical solution

 

Designer Gabriele Diamanti has spent many years traveling the world, and seen this problem repeated over and over. He decided to use his knowledge of industrial design, renewable energy, and social issues to create a possible solution. What emerged is something Diamanti likes to call a solar still: a device that takes salt or brackish water and creates something drinkable.

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Academy week 3 Valves

My first blog post is starting a little late.  I’ll do my best to catch you guys up to date.  It’s week 3 and we’ve already progressed a ton in terms of classroom education, our build in the Greater World Community (they call it GDub), and the friendships within the Academy and crew.  Heeeerewego!  

I gotta say it was a tough day (Ice Cube style). We had class in the morning and construction work in the afternoon.  It got a lil’ toasty out 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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New York City Earthship: Lower East Side: Hot Water

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

Hot Water

Hot water will be provided for domestic use, for roof melting use and for back up heating use.

Glycol heat collection panels will be mounted in the middle of the lines of photovoltaic panels with the same multiseasonal collection concept. EXHIBIT K

These panels will need to be serviced with super insulated pipes and pumps sized for the five story rise in height.

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New York City Earthship: Lower East Side: Water

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

WATER

Water is collected from roof and greenhouse glazing surfaces in addition to the roof side of the reflective mirror surface at the top of steel frame structure. EXHIBIT A

Care is taken to select roofing surface materials that will allow potable water collection.
EXHIBIT A

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Harvesting Water from Dew

We found this article over at inhabitat.com.

Beetle-Inspired Bottle Harvests Drinking Water From Thin Air

For over one hundred years, scientists and engineers have been studying ways to effectivelyharvest fog as a source of water in arid regions. Although some of these man-made systems have proved useful, the plants and insects that inhabit deserts are far more efficient dew collectors. One ingenious bug known as the “fog beetle” collects drinking water by perching in an opportune position that allows dew droplets to collect in ridges on its back. Seeing this, designer Pak Kitae developed an ingenious biomimicking Dew Bank bottle that could provide hydration to millions ofpeople that lack accessible drinking water.

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