Running water can be channelled into a gully to create a
race that can then be used to generate electricity; most romantically
by a water-wheel churning away.
This could provide you with enough electricity for most of
your needs; perhaps supplemented with solar power.
Less romantically, any conglomeration
of movable pieces can turn things. Many Heath-
Robinson devices produce power from water. If someone got
down to refining one of these devices, there might be a good sale
for them in suitable areas. Moving water can also be used to fill ponds to farm fish.
Essential for farming high oxygen
consumers such as trout are fast-moving water and plenty of food.
Possibly more exciting still, you may be able to
bottle your water and sell it as spring water. This requires all sorts
of licences and permission; not surprising: after all, when what
you think of as a spring may actually be fed from your neighbour's
That is a bit of an exaggeration probably but
not impossible! There has been a case of a health inspector
quite happily doing his job and following the supplier of some
bottled water bought in a supermarket back to its source. Although
the product was beautifully bottled and labelled, he discovered. to
everyone's horror. that the owner of the spring had been merrily
putting it into bottles without any licence, or
knowing its source.
power from water