If you are building a tiny house, the method through which you will get your water is a big concern for you. For those who choose to build mobile tiny homes, having a water storage unit under the home that can be filled and emptied, as well as heated and cooled as necessary, is really the only practical choice. However, if you are building a tiny house on a fixed location, you have several options. Hooking into the city's water supply is one, presuming you are within the city limits. Digging a well is another.

If you dig a well, the method through which you pump your water should be carefully considered. Most people who move into tiny houses do so because they want to live simpler lives and reduce their carbon footprints on the environment. Choosing an environmentally friendly method of water pumping will help you live more fully in this philosophy.

Here are three methods of environmentally friendly water pumping you should consider.

Solar--According to OtherPower.com, solar energy is perfect for water pumping with a home well. You can set up a solar system for your well pump with one solar panel (or more, if you have a large pump), a 12-volt DC pump, and a controller. You can check the controller on a regular basis to make sure the well isn't empty or overflowing. As long as it's sunny out, your water pump will collect and store energy that will take you through at least a few cloudy days. Adding linear current boosters lets you use the solar panels even if it's cloudy out, or has been for a long time. This is one of the most environmentally friendly and inexpensive ways of operating your tiny house's well water pump, and the parts are easily accessible to anyone.

Water--Water pumping water? Yes, it can be done, and it is a very clean way of getting your well water to your house. What you need is something called a water ram. You'll have to have your tiny house located near a stream or other source of running water to use this method, but if you are in the woods and have access to such a thing, you will enjoy the simplicity and energy savings your water ram will bring you. The water ram uses the pressure from the stream to push water into your well. No electricity is involved.

Hand Pumps--These are the same old-fashioned hand pumps your grandparents or great-grandparents used to draw water from the well. They were also used in pioneer cabins as some of the first methods of indoor plumbing available to the common people of the day. You can buy a hand pump at most home supply stores, or build your own. The pumping will give you some much-needed exercise. The only drawback is that you must pump any time you want water, whereas water is always available with the turn of the tap with other water pumping methods. If you don't mind pumping several times a day and living pretty rustically, this is a good method for you.


As you can see, getting water to your tiny house doesn't have to involve "the grid" at all. You can easily use a variety of natural, environmentally friendly methods for bringing water inside your home. The method you choose depends on your budget as much as your beliefs.

The experience you want in your tiny house is also important. If you want to live like the pioneers, a hand pump is perfect. If you want a more modern experience, other methods of water pumping are available.