Thursday, March 26, 2009

Houston, we have a (water) problem

So has anyone out there thought: "I wonder how these guy can afford to buy 100 acres of land in Ottawa"?

Well, it's because there is a problem with the land. It is lack of water supply. We cannot drill a well because the water has a LOT of sulfur. The city has one water outlet for the whole 100 acres and we were told there would never be more.

So the price of the land was only slightly more expensive than a 5 acre lot we saw in an executive neighbourhood a few km away (out of the sulfur zone).

Here was our thought process: if we manage to NOT use the city outlet (use rain water, surface water, air water...), we could sever off a 5 acre lot and sell it (with the city water outlet). Then the rest of the land will have been quite affordable!

So the next order of business is: finding potable water and water conservation!


  1. At the Green Expo we watched a really interesting talk by a guy from The Pond Clinic ( about harvesting rain water which was really interesting and could be the solution you are looking for.

  2. Thanks for the tip, I'll look into that.

    I made the mistake of going with my kids! I barely saw a thing. I barely spoke to anyone. I grabbed a few brochures and that's pretty much it!