If you have power, you can use an electric toilet..
If not, you could use some form of camp toilet, with collection bags, and
store them in a larger drum when full.
You'll want a holding tank and filtering system for showers, etc using
recycled water. maybe some form of solar heating? You'll also want a
storage system for potable water.
Use several smaller generators that can be synced together to form a larger
one if needed. Propane/natural gas provides the best long term storage,
but diesel is easier to resupply, and can be hauled in drums, or jerrycans.
Make sure you have a stock of suitable containers to transfer fuel.
Gasoline is not a good choice for long term storage.
A storage battery/inverter system could also be used to reduce generator
run times, possibly with photovoltaics, although the survivability of
photovoltaics in the storm is highly questionable.
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I like the way you think.
Put a composting toilet on the second floor.
And add a rooftop vegetable garden.
And a cistern to catch rain water.
Life could be sustained indefinitely.
Would one of those transparent plastic tent/ water purifiers that they
say to use if you're adrift at sea work on nasty flood waters? Or is it
just for getting the salt out of sea water? Anyoone know?
Why not? A composting toilet works like a compost pile. Basically it
turns waste into nutrient-rich topsoil.
The topsoil is then used to help grow the plants in the vegetable garden.
If you're looking to build a house that can not only withstand a
hurricane but can also allow you to live relatively comfortably while
the power and water is still out, this sort of adaptive reuse of human
waste makes alot of sense.
They work by evaporating water, which is volatile, and then condensing it on
the cool surface. Depends on the other contents, like salt, not being
volatile. For the nasty mix along the gulf coast, part of the problem is
petroleum components, which are also volatile. So it might actually produce
a product water with a higher concentration of some of the impurities.
Depends on vapor pressure, condensation temperature, etc.
Only if you've got a really big freaking roof.
What you really want is to replace the attic and
roof with a greenhouse, so as to control pests
and weather. But the people/sqft ratio is
really low, until you start investing in some
serious intensive gardening equipment.
You're talking, in essence, about a simple distillation apparatus.
Bacteria, parasites, and algae should be too large to be lifted by water
vapor - if your plastic is hanging over an enclosed space with no or very
little air movement, they should not be aerosolized.
I'm not sure about viruses. Polio virus can, if I remember correctly,
survive in water but I don't know whether viruses could be lifted by water
vapor. OTOH, I'd thought that distillation demineralizes water, and given
the size of molecules, it also therefore ought to "de-virus" it as well.
Assuming that your plastic aheet and your collection vessel are clean, you
ought to be OK.
ll have to look into that, it's interesting.
But how do you keep all the houses from floating around and smashing into
Off the top, maybe deep pylons (reinforced etc.) that would rise up through
"grommets" (for lack oa a better word) built into the house? Or steel
I like that ;)
OTOH I've always wondered just how strong those structures are. I've seen
them here and there along coastlines, but the one;s I've seen ate mostly
wood - seems a bit fragile...?
More than one!
The one with the micro-optics that can be hidden in the smallest thing.
It'd depend upon how the interior was done. Then too, the exterior could
be "prettied up" with the right sorts of plantings. Heck, hand colorful
"flags" (multicolored nylon type) around the exterior.
And, when designing the exterior, use rounded lines and shapes rather than
sharp corners. Better for wind resistance anyway.
IOW no reason why living in it should be "unpleasant".
SOmeone had mentioned a composting toilet. Then there are the ones made
for RVs and camping. You put enzymes into them, if I remember correctly.
These are practical solutions from the standpoint of 'processing' human
waste. However, if you are not in a floating house, & most of us fall
into that category, & there happens to be a flood, then the only way to
use these toilets is to take them 'up' with you to whatever higher
elevation you think you might go as water rises.
Ashoke - earth-friendly.products.bz
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