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J Sky Orndoff

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Thanks for the questions and answers!!

I will be living in the place alone, and plan to take about 4 60 second showers per week. I'll also be doing dishes, washing my hands, and my pee goes down the same plumbing system as the bath tub and hand washing. No laundry. Poop is dry-composted while it remains inside (to be emptied every week or so) and does not need to be part of the equation. I have a 30 gallon water tank that I am hoping to fill approximately once per week--hence the extremely short showers. Depending on how in-depth I go, I may leave the house in place permanently. Let's assume I have very little slope to work with, but that the soil is very permeable.

Some great links in the replies, I'm looking forward to studying up!
5 years ago
Hi everyone!

I am finishing my Tiny House here in Montana. It's one of those portable ones a la Tumbleweed houses. And what's the biggest challenge? Electricity? NO! That's easy, with Solar panels, a few big batteries, and some used 12v car and RV appliances. Is it POOP management? No--composting is pretty straightforward. The BIG challenge is water. I designed the house to be able to freeze without damaging anything. And it's portable, which is fun. The big question though, is what do we do with the water we use? I designed the drainpipe runs to go straight with no traps, also to avoid damage during freezing. From PVC inside, I switch to fire hose outside. But what to do with the water during freezing temps? Anybody got good insight on freeze-compatible greywater systems?

Much obliged!
5 years ago