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The rule of thumb for collection is (IIRC) 620 (US) gallons (I'm British) 2300 litres. per 1000 sq feet, per inch of rain - Hidalgo gets roughly 12" of water a year. With the water saving/harvesting we could do, I think its viable to capture our roof runoff.
True. IIRC, our water table is around 200 feet down, but it's very expensive drilling round there, and the stuff falls out of the sky for free. Of course, if Hidalgo had happened, there would have been well-shares going on, but can't see that happening now, with the fragmented and unknown ownerships.
On Sun, 28 Jun 2020 at 15:36, maxeem <maxeem@...
Solar distillation tends to make water extremely pure indeed, and
that's a kinda good solution for the desert due to the heat. You
just have to maintain the materials of the distiller so it doesn't
break down under the intense sun radiation exposure. So could look
into that. Also potentially useful to find where a given water
table is at. Sometimes there are areas where it's surprisingly
closer to the surface. For wells/drilling. Being by mountains can
sometimes help I heard. The water from the mountain is more
On 6/28/20 12:30 PM, Lonnie Dittrick
Do you think a rain harvesting system would be a
viable option at our location? We could collect enough to
make this feasible? How would you keep the water potable?
How would you handle the dust which is always an issue? I
have considered a biodegradable system to handle human
Figuring on rainwater harvesting, solar and a
lithium ion battery rack for the first parts of solutions
to my problems.
Well that is good to hear, Steve.
Unfortunately, on the western side of the
development it is, in the words of one of your more
popular novelists, dead as a door nail 😉. Unless
things change dramatically on my end I will keep it
simply to boondock with an RV. I had the road
improved enough to get to the pad I had built.
Thought about putting up a roll-off observatory with
enough solar to power it. But water, septic, power
to run a/c.... don’t know if it is worth the
There's activity at Hidalgo. The
current residents have just had a major upgrade
to the road there. Dark Skies New Mexico seems
to be doing OK there too.
Welcome to the group, Lon! For those of you
who don't know, Lon is an accomplished
photographer, including astrophotography:
I'm glad you brought up hosting remote
observatories as an income source for a
dark-sky community. I've always wanted to be
the one at the dark-sky site helping to keep
the observatories and equipment running
instead of the one who is utilizing a remote
A few days ago, my one and only inquiry (so
far) from the S&T classified
ad also suggested remote observatory
hosting, so I amended the Observatory
Campus section of the Mirador
Astronomy Village specifications document to
The observatory campus will be the
designated area set aside for astronomical
observation. This will include observatories
(individually or cooperatively rented),
telescope pads, and a meteor watching deck.
One observatory will be provided for the use
of all residents of Mirador. The observatory
campus will be located within easy walking
distance of the residential campus.
A section of the observatory campus should
be set aside for remote observatory hosting.
Individual observatories would be leased by
the hour or by the night to interested
astronomers anywhere in the world. A larger
structure with multiple telescopes inside
could also be used for this purpose. High
speed internet access is crucial, and must
support remote interactive use. Remote
observatory hosting will be another
important source of income for the
Like you and Steve, I, too, am a Rancho
Hidalgo land owner trying to figure out what
to do with the property. I purchased 4 acres
there about 12 years ago for $26K. If I can
ever sell that property for what I bought it
for, I would donate $13K towards the
land-purchase for Mirador Astronomy Village
(the other half is already spoken for).