Affordable off grid pressurized water for the home.

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  • Published on:  Thursday, July 28, 2016
  • A city or country home can use this system. There are many good 12 volt pumps on the market. I am using a Aquatec DDP 550 (5.3 gpm max). Flojet and Shurflo are also great pumps.
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  • Habib Bhatti

    Habib Bhatti

     14 days ago

    Will there be enough pressure to use in a house? I heard houses are approximately 50-60 PSI, I want to design a system that will link to the home and provide home water with pressure

  • murphy kemplin

    murphy kemplin

     1 months ago

    would have liked to seen the back of the box and how it was hooked up to the tank

  • Roberto Lopez

    Roberto Lopez

     3 months ago

    What the pump call

  • Dudagraphy


     5 months ago

    Was searching the Internet for 2 hours looking for this exact solution, you're the man thanks for your time !

  • smde1


     6 months ago

    Using a pump to transfer the water from the storage container to the point of use has a couple of advantages - but it has a lot of limitations. I prefer using an elevated air-pressure system - where the storage container is a pressure vessel and a compressor pressurizes the elevated container to provide the moving pressure/delivery. Elevated so gravity is always present and is a component of the system. additional pressure is generated by pressurizing the container , if desired. To me this , this is a cheaper and more reliable system - which has the added benefit that in the worst possible case scenario the systems works on gravity alone (somewhat reduced flow + pressure - but still functional) and you could pressurize the container without electricity using a hand pump , if desired.

  • Ghirardelli


     7 months ago


  • stmoloud


     10 months ago

    Actually good idea put the pump outside. Less noisy than the pump inside which mine is at present.

  • windows10suxalot


     10 months ago

    My constant $200+ water bills on a two bath, two person household, time to set this up and start collecting rain barrels.

  • Zam


     a years ago

    How do you charge those batteries?

  • Nunya Biznis

    Nunya Biznis

     a years ago

    Great setup, except you should put the battery on top (in case of a malfunction so your batt doesn't get wet) and put holes in the top and bottom of the tote (so your battery and pump can "breathe").

  • Kurtis Acevedo

    Kurtis Acevedo

     a years ago

    Thanks for the demo Mr. Travolta.

  • Richard Owens

    Richard Owens

     a years ago +2

    That's a great idea! But, it does have limitations and caveats.

    For one thing, pumps don't like to be cycled on and off a lot - even the ones with built in pressure switches. Here is a scenario that would put a lot of stress on a pump like the one you demonstrated:

    If it has a 3 gallon per minute capacity, but you only need to use 1 gallon per minute, that pump is going to be cycling on and off quite rapidly! That rapid cycling, due to the low demand for water, will wear out the pump MUCH faster! In fact, the number one killer of electric water pumps, like that, is excessive cycling!

    Now, this is not a new problem. It is a problem that had to be solved over a hundred years ago. The way you solve the problem is to use a pressure tank that is pressurized up to 2 PSI lower than the turn ON pressure for the pump. So, if you have a pump that has a built in pressure switch that turns on at 40 PSI and turns off at 60 PSI, the pressure tank needs to be set to about 38 PSI.

    By using a pressure tank, smaller demands for water can be handled without having to turn the pump on at all - like when you need to fill a glass of water.

    One drawback of a pressure tank based system, though, is that the pressure is not consistent. It may start at 60PSI, but as you use water, the pressure will drop. And, the pump won't turn back on until the pressure drops below 40 PSI. And, if you have a large tank, that means that you will have to deal with low pressure for a long time before the pump kicks in to bring the pressure back up. And, if you have a small tank, the pump is going to be cycling more frequently.

    To address the problem of inconsistent pressure, you can add what is called a. "cycle stop valve." A CSV will sense the amount of water being used and restrict flow from the pump to match the usage. In other words, the CSV would make the 3 gallon per minute pump produce only the needed 1 gallon per minute, rather than cycling it on and off at the 3 gallon per minute rate. This causes the pump to draw less current, which means it is using less power, which means it is also running cooler. And, rather than rapidly cycling between full output and no output, it simply runs longer at a lower rate - something the pump can do much easier and for many more years! The CSV also regulates pressure in the system, regardless of flow, up to the pump's maximum output. So, if it is set for 50 PSI, you will always get 50 PSI while using at least one gallon per minute. A CSV will also allow you to use a smaller five gallon pressure tank, rather than a large one, and still have essentially the same benefits.

    Of course, these modifications to the system add complexity and cost, but they do make for much more robust performance and longer life.

    Thanks, for the video!

  • Whicker Friesian

    Whicker Friesian

     a years ago

    Thanks for sharing this video!

  • Shawn Mecum

    Shawn Mecum

     a years ago

    yo anyone ever told you that you look like John Travolta???

  • City Homestead

    City Homestead

     a years ago

    Do you only use clay to filter the water? I'm trying to come up with a solution to drink rainwater but I don't know what all it needs to filter it. Thank you for posting this video. I am 100% off grid and haven't been able to figure out how to get water out of the barrels. I like your solution.

  • Promthanius


     a years ago

    DUDE!!! A potable rain catcher exists???? my BIGGEST issue right now is getting drinking water. YOU ROCK!!!!! just that side mention solved like 50% of my issues.

  • Billy Joe Mac Allister

    Billy Joe Mac Allister

     a years ago

    USE ONLY FOOD GRADE SAFE PUMPING LINES. Never Use garden hoses!!!! EVER for drinking! ( they leech chemicals cold and even more so in heat!!!!) Safey tip. Enjoy being off grid peeps!

  • Emilio Bustamante

    Emilio Bustamante

     a years ago

    what kind of battery and pump did you use here? make and model please!

  • rupe53


     a years ago

    Just a pointer for those wanting to put one of these in their truck... water weighs 7 pounds per gallon so a 200 gallon tank is already too much for a half ton pick up truck. Don't forget to add the weight of the empty tank and anything else you may carry.

  • charlesdekanter


     a years ago

    This was an excellent explanation and exactly what i was looking for for my country property! Thanks for the great video!