[permaculture] earthships and greywater

Jocelyn Paquette & Bob Ewing sixdegrees at baynet.net
Sun Sep 5 15:38:38 EDT 2004


Greetings, I'd like to thank everyone who has responded to date. We are 
compiling the information and will share our efforts after the ship is 
built.

Bob Ewing
Scott Vlaun wrote:

> My mother in law lives in Taos in a Mike Reynolds inspired earthship 
> that her son Peter built about 10 years ago. For the most part it 
> functions well but the greywater system from the kitchen is prone to 
> overwhelming the planters that it drains into. In more recent 
> greywater systems Peter installed valving to allow for sending the 
> water to different places, both inside and out, and they seem to 
> function quite well. I think that Ontario will provide some different 
> challenges than Taos though with shorter winter days to keep interior 
> planters in rapid growth and more freezing issues outside, even on the 
> south side of the building which is typically not a problem in Taos.
>
> I'm in Maine, so I'll be very interested to hear what you come up with 
> for a system. The most successful system I've seen here, was a long, 
> deeply buried perforated pipe draining to a series of small ponds with 
> lots of plants. I'm installing a similar system which ties into my 
> foundation drain around my root cellar. I'll keep the group posted as 
> we get our sink drains on line this winter.


Thanks i'd like to hear more when you are ready.

Bob Ewing

>
> Good Luck,
>
> Scott Vlaun
> Otisfield ME USA
>
>
>
> On Sep 4, 2004, at 7:05 PM, Golden Love wrote:
>
>> If you are building an Earthship you must know Michael Reynolds the
>> architect who designs them. He has greywater plans and I am sure 
>> would love
>> to help you. All my Earthship books and videos are loaned to friends, 
>> but I
>> think he is near Taos,New Mexico.....just do a Google search on 
>> Earthships
>> or greywater and you will find him and tons of info.....
>>
>> Good luck!
>>
>> Golden
>>
>> Golden Love
>> Love's Gardens
>> Creating and Maintaining Sustainable Urban Landscapes
>> California Licensed Contractor C27 363672
>> 127 National St.
>> Santa Cruz, CA 95060
>> Phone  (831) 471-9100
>> Fax  ( 831) 471-9200
>> goldenlove at cruzio.com
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: permaculture-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org
>> [mailto:permaculture-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Jocelyn
>> Paquette & Bob Ewing
>> Sent: Friday, September 03, 2004 4:23 PM
>> To: permaculture
>> Subject: [permaculture] earthships and greywater
>>
>> Greetings, an earthship is being build about 90 minutes northeast of
>> her, in Nolalu, Ontario. We are ready to design and install a greywater
>> system but lack experience and good information. We could use
>> references/suggestions on how best to proceed.
>>
>> The region has short summers, and long cold winters, A warm winter day
>> is minus 25-20 C, there are often longs stretches, (1-2 months of minus
>> 40). The  first frosts have come in some nearby areas.
>>
>> Bob Ewing
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