Around the 4th of July I will be adding two new features to the back yard of La Casita. I’ll be adding a water well and a outdoor solar shower.
I just recently completed a water well project for the gardens at Redbay Cottage. The well is a double well with a total of about 8 ft of well screen on 1 1/4 inch galvanized pipe. The wells are about 18 ft deep. The draw on the well is superb. You can pump water from that well using one finger. The well in the back yard or as some say the back garden will be used to provide water for the flowers and trees as well as to provide a supply of fresh water for a small dragon fly pond. If you want learn about ‘washing’ down a well I recommend visiting the Drill Your Own Well website. I constructed a drill head and drill pipe using the directions found on the website. The device works great in my clay/sand soil. The La Casita well will be dug using many of the techniques discussed on the Drill Your Own Well Website.
For the solar shower I was set on making the solar shower myself but after I priced out materials I decided to order this solar shower off of Ebay. The solar shower will allow for guests to take a warm shower in a private shower area after they return from the beach.
Children will love pumping water if I can get the same ease of pumping I achieved on my well next door. In the summer they will be astonished at how cold the water is. In the winter they will be astonished at how warm the water is. A simple water well provides a great lesson in the value of geothermal energy. The temperature of well water averages just over 60 degrees F here in Eastern North Carolina. The attached video is focused on promoting geothermal heating and cooling…maybe one day we’ll install such a system at La Casita.