Archive for the ‘Water Saving / Harvesting’ Category

Here in the UK, research statistics provided by water saving product companies that produce products like specialist shower heads show that the average bathtub needs around 80 Litres of water, the average 8 minute shower consumes around 62 litres of water…

According to the study, the average eight-minute shower used 62 litres of hot water, and some power showers can use up to 136 litres, compared with an average bath’s 80 litres. These findings have been widely reported – in the Daily Mail, The Independent and the BBC, among others.
They are claiming that their special shower head, coupled with a short 4 minute shower will consume almost half of this (32 Litres of water) and that it could take you less than a year to make your money back from the purchase if you are on a water meter.

 

Enter the Tabo method of the Philippines (known as Tabo-Tabo):
  • 1x Bucket (normally 10 – 12 Litres which is around 2.6 UK Gallons),
  • 1x handled Jug (Tabo) of any shape but we like the ones used in kitchen measuring,
  • Water source and area you can splash around (bathtub or shower)

Most people use about 1 – 2 buckets worth of water to finish a normal Tabo session, I use less than One! (1) no jokes! It’s quite simple, fill the bucket with the right water temperature you are comfortable with, use the Tabo to wet yourself (takes two usually if you pour slowly), then just rub your soap around with whatever defoliating cloth you use or sponge etc, then rinse once complete. Note: This is a body only shower, does not include shampooing, hence why some people with long hair seem to use 1.5 to 2 buckets worth of water per session (Which still, is not that much at 20/24 Litres Max / 5.2 Gallons)
It takes me around 7 minutes to finish if I am busy and need to get onto other things asap and I always have about 1/6th of the bucket left over still.

In comparison:

Tabo: 12 Litres or Less / More
Water Saving Showerhead and short 4 min Shower Session: 32 Litres or More
Bathtub (UK average): 80 Litres or More
Power Shower Head (Time unknown but might be 8 min standard): 136 Litres or More

The Tabo Tabo method Still saves an additional 7,300 Litres of water versus the Special Water saving shower head Per Year! …

You could even obtain or have a nice wooden treated Bucket and Ladle made if you wanted to get a bit fancy or to avoid being embarrased when guests visit, just remember to turn the wooden bucket upside down to preserve the wood and prevent rot once not in use.

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Wooden Water Bucket and Ladle – Tabo Tabo

I just came across this interview on Alchemy Radio (An online alternative podcast / show) a couple of days ago, Dr. Wayne has good plans and future transition options for a better future for worldwide society.

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Dr. Wayne speacks about various subjects such as water retention / sustainable regeneration, aquaponics, land regeneration, Permaculture, Free courses online etc.

Find the interview Here: https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/alchemyradio/episodes/2017-04-27T10_54_41-07_00

 

 

Woodchip is a great soil amendment and adds nutrients into the soil slowly, I have observably proven this to myself last year on my Allotment where I stashed a few wheelbarrows of woodchip on a section of my plot because otherwise the communal woodchip would likely have been finished by the time I needed some.
Once I dug my pond out, I covered the mound of woodchip with the soil from within the pond, about 6 months later I finally started a new project in the place of the mound of soil where I discovered the very well composted woodchip and noticed when digging that the topsoil layer was darker within a few inches under the topsoil line, when I compared this to a section just a meter away, the soil was lightly coloured and only darker very close to the surface line…

Below is a great video proving and showing from day one to 8 years on, the soil is even dug down seriously deep to prove how far the amendment reached until the soil quality becomes poor again.

 

Important Note: If you obtain free woodchip from your local Tree Surgeons, always ask what tree/s were chipped! Basically, Broad Leaf are usually Alkaline or Neutral PH (Oak is Acidic though) and Coniferous are Acidic PH, So use Conifer Woodchip for pathways as less weeds will germinate amongst the mature rotting chips as well as a mulch for Acid loving plants like strawberries and Blueberries. Use the Broad Leaf for your beds and as a soil amender!

Video courtesy of youtube channel OneYardRevolution

I am an avid fan of the Holzer Permaculture methods, I find Sepp Holzers outlook and methods to be closer to nature than his Australian counterparts but I am in no way saying that the common Permaculture is in any way wrong. I merely like his approach and understanding of nature better, it resonates with me, in one way, I feel he is more spiritual and feels the energy or information that nature gives him than the more scientific approach that the others show us.

I highly recommend reading his books and also following his works online, there are many videos you can catch on various media sources such as youtube, I do not however, claim that his work is all that you should research and follow, by all means do follow the works of Bill Mollison, David Holmgren, John D. Liu, Geoff Lawton, the late Patrick Whitefield (UK / Temperate Climate Permaculturist) and many more

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Desert or Paradise by Sepp Holzer

 

In the last couple of months, in my own very home I have rediscovered how important a true, good healthy supply of Water is for us, my family and also the world as a whole, I have invested in a system that provides us with the right structured water which is also high PH (Potential Hydrogen) as well as extremely low Oxidation Potential.
After attending last Sundays London Permaculture Festival and purchasing my second book by Sepp Holzer titled ”Desert or Paradise – restoring endangered landscapes using water management, including lake and pond construction” where I am only now on page 28, one realises how good Living natural water is so important to every living being as well as the planet as a whole! He describes how our man made changes to the landscape has caused certain issues which come back to us through nature as so called ”Natural Disasters”.
People like Sepp Have The Answers but it will take people like us to force our Governments to take note and seek out their expertise and the time is NOW!

They don’t call this guy ”The Rebel Farmer” for nothing …

Ok so I thought I was just going to be writing one paragraph explaining why you should watch this 12 minute video (below) … just goes to show how Sepp has the ability to captivate those who are truly awake to the issues we have in this world!

Sepp Holzer and Bernd Muller explain about their project in Tamara Portugal where they took a soon-to-be desert landscape and constructed a lake for water retention and preventing desertification of that particular area, he has done this in other areas around the world as well, this is a must watch for anyone interested in restoring land or wanting to create an abundant landscape for the sake of wildlife and human life.

I have another Video Home tour, this one is from Johannesburg South Africa (I chose to find another one from this city as my previous one has had the video removed or deleted and I cannot find another copy).

This one is particularly exciting as he goes through his property’s greywater recycling system/s, bio digester, bio diesel refinery, whole garden and fruit trees including a little bit on tree grafting. This all is in a Townhouse Complex to top it off!
Enjoy the video and Happy Holidays to us Unfortunate ones who still have to work full time for a living! ….

If you are interested or already have a rain barrel (Water Butt) attached to one of your down spout / gutter drainpipes, here is what you should do.
Preferably before you install the system, build a good platform to hold your first barrel securely at a good height. Even if you only intend to have a one barrel system, this is still highly recommended to ensure you wont need much alterations later on if you decide to expand the system!
In the below image you will find your typical household rainwater harvester: should you want to expand, you may get away with placing one more final barrel flat on the ground next to the existing one connected with an overflow pipe.

Rain Catchment / Water Barrel Harvesting: Typical Setup

Rain Catchment / Water Barrel Harvesting: Typical Setup

The below image is of a good system where the first barrel was placed high enough to allow the expansion to accommodate another 3 – 4 barrels! So in the case of your typical 220 liter system, you can now potentially increase to a 1100 liter system running off of One Downspout / drainpipe!

Rainwater Barrel / Roof Harvesting Multi Barrel Setup

Rainwater Barrel / Roof Harvesting Multi Barrel Setup

Think ahead and be proactive! This summer has been quite dry for us here in Southern England and this year my one barrel emptied quite fast compared with last year and it took a while before the rains came to replenish the lost water, Remember as well to clear debris from the diverter and pipes to ensure you get the full potential out of your equipment.

Register on Streetbank and Freecycle as people give stuff away for free there, a water butt can easily cost £30 new online or at a garden centre, just be sure that if it is not a purpose built water butt / barrel, it needs to be a container that is food grade.

Follow Kerry as he shows you the beginnings of his Permaculture system on his rooftop in Corfu Greece, now I will admit that at first in the video, he comes off as a Permie Newbie but if you check his channel and scan through the videos at the music school and other sites you get the gist that he knows far more than he seems to!!

One of his other videos is quite interesting, it really shows the permaculture way when he goes around getting cuttings and seed. from locals for fruit trees, grapes etc.
Remember, something you can buy at your local garden centre type store you can always get for free from a neighbour! How many fruit trees, bushes, nuts, vines etc. can be propagated from cuttings? … many!! All of my grapes, figs & Blackberries are successfully grown from cuttings, the secret is Honey!

Let’s hope that one day when Kerry finishes the main part/s of his project at the school, that he gets the time to properly develop his rooftop garden into something that can inspire those who have no garden, I will definitely be keeping an eye out on his channel!