Leaving busy city life behind for a quieter and more relaxed life in the country is an appealing option for many Americans. It's an opportunity to focus on family, hobbies, and a simpler and slower pace of living that's hard to achieve in heavily populated urban areas. For many people, it's also because they want to live a more sustainable and self-sufficient lifestyle.
If you've made the move to your new country retreat, then you have no doubt set about the tasks of adding features to your home that will allow you to generate your own basic living requirements. One of the key factors in self-sufficiency is water supply, and here are two additions that will help you achieve this.
1. A water well
Water wells allow you to access and use water has collected in underground aquifers. You'll need to use a specialist water well drilling contractor to construct a well for you and to ensure that the process is done legally, safely, and following regulations set out by local, state, and federal governments.
The initial work will be exploratory and will establish whether there is an adequate source of water available in the ground beneath your property. If so, the water will need to be tested for contaminants and pollutants to ensure that it's safe for use. Once this is done, your contractor will install the equipment needed to pump the water to the surface to use.
2. A rainwater collection tank
Another way to achieve self-sufficiency with your water supply is to add a rainwater collection tank. These tanks collect the rainwater that falls on the roof of your home, diverting it via the gutters to your tank. Rainwater tanks can be made from concrete, plastic, or treated steel. Opt for the largest tank you can afford and accommodate to ensure you have plenty of water during long, dry spells.
In order for the rainwater you collect to be suitable to consume, you'll need to have the right safety measures in place. Have your roof inspected for any materials, such as lead or asbestos, that could contaminate your water supply. Ideally, you should have a filtration system installed if you plan to use the rainwater for drinking and cooking purposes.
Either of these additions on their own will help to provide your new country home with its own, independent water supply. However, if you're hoping to be completely self-sufficient, adding both a water well and a rainwater collection tank will help to make sure that you always have plenty of water available. Contact a service, like Bohs Well Drilling Inc, for more help.
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