Subsistence Living: Water, Housing, and Sanitation … by Alice B. Clagett *

Revised; originally published on 25 January 2015. Newer text is in green font; newest text is in blue font. 

  • Subsistence Living
  • Water Lifts
  • Solar Stills
  • Housing
  • Sanitation
  • Do-It-Yourself Building and Project Plans
  • Primitive Technology

Dear Ones,

Here is information on subsistence living that I found intriguing. For myself, I’ve printed what looked important out.

SUBSISTENCE LIVING

Link: “Subsistence Economy,” in Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Subsistence_economy ..

Link:”Grit: Rural American Know-How,” http://www.grit.com/ ..

Link:”Mother Earth News,” https://www.motherearthnews.com ..

Link:”The Old Farmer’s Almanac,” http://www.almanac.com/ ..

WATER LIFTS

Link:”Archimedes Screw,” in Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archimedes%27_screw ..

Link:”Egypt’s Nile Valley Basin Irrigation,” by Sandra Postel, http://www.waterhistory.org/histories/nile/t1.html ..

Link:”Noria,” a water lift, in Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noria ..

Video: “Wooden Water Wheel in Europe,” [Noria], by epSOS.de, 24 April 2015, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3VxMgfRcgp8 … Notice the shape of the buckets, which may be important to the function. 

Link:”Sakia Water Pump,” in Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sakia ..

Link:”Shadoof,” a counterpoise lift, in Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shadoof ..

SOLAR STILLS

puits_solaire

Image: “Solar Still,” by Solar_still.svg: Daniele Pugliesi, retouched, no date given, from Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0 Unported, 2.5 Generic, 2.0 Generic, and 2.0 Generic

Image: “Solar Still,” by Solar_still.svg: Daniele Pugliesi, retouched, no date given, from Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0 Unported, 2.5 Generic, 2.0 Generic, and 2.0 Generic 

Here is a variant on this, using a tub, a water glass, a sheet of heavy duty plastic, twine or tape, and plastic tubing:

Image: Homemade, High-Output Solar Water Still: https://i.pinimg.com/736x/cf/a4/46/cfa4461e2f7578c34b3e9dae5ba24e9c–water-still-camping-survival.jpg ..

Here are more references on the topic:

HOUSING

Link: “Hut,” in Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hut … See also the links at the bottom of the page.

Link: “These Quonset Inexpensive Kit Homes Start at Less than $8,000: http://buildinghomesandliving.com/metal-buildings/these-quonset-inexpensive-kit-homes-start-at-less-than-8000 ..

SANITATION

Link: “Simple Pit Latrines,” WHO, http://www.who.int/water_sanitation_health/hygiene/emergencies/fs3_4.pdf ..

Link: “Appropriate Technologies on Low-Cost Toilet Technology,” Gramalaya – Tiruchirapalli, http://www.gramalaya.in/pdf/appropriateLowcost_toilet_technology.pdf ..

DO-IT-YOURSELF BUILDING AND PROJECT PLANS

PRIMITIVE TECHNOLOGY

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

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sustainable living, Archimedes screw, drinking water, low tech water, Nile irrigation, noria, primitive sanitation, primitive water, sakia, shadoof, simple well, solar still, survival skills, water for the world, water lifts, solar stills, alternative housing,

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