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The untimate Green System

First, we bought a small sink, similar to a caravan-style unit. Next, I decided to go green, and installed a solar heated water container above the roof. Here it is in the construction stage.

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The wooden framework is to contain the solar tank (a camping solar heated shower bag!) and in order to collect rainwater I added a funnel at the top, which had to be supported by the structure.

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This all leads to the point of the exercise - a sink which supplies heated rain water (just used for washing, not drinking). The outlet pipe goes to a buried tank just outside the studio, which releases the water into the soil underground.

 

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When there's not much rain, I have a hose running outside and I just switch cables to 'back fill' the roof water tank with water from the mains. We can also plug that direct mains hose into the back so it will feed the sink instead, but we prefer the self-sufficient method! Also I haven't found suitably robust connections yet which prevent the connected hoses bursting from their fittings or leaking when on mains power!

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