Being a Trash Man Isn't So Bad

Purchasing Raw Land for an Eventual Cabin? What Are Your Best Water and Trash Options?

by Roberto Garza

If you've recently purchased a parcel of raw land on which to eventually build your dream home (or weekend getaway), you may be planning a number of camping trips to the land before you get around to doing your construction projects. While this can be a great way to get yourself acclimated to the area and meet your neighbors, it can pose some complications when it comes to getting access to water and trash-removal services. What will you need to do to hook up your water supply? Should you pay for trash service or handle your trash needs on your own? Read on to learn more about your best water-supply and trash-collection methods for when you are spending time intermittently on your raw land.

What should you do to provide your campsite with running water? 

In many cases, your property will be relatively close to a water main, allowing you to have pipes run to your prospective building site without paying too much in supply and labor costs. However, if you have a large piece of land and haven't yet decided where you'd like to have running water, you may need a short-term source of potable water that can later be moved or removed.

One option is a durable plastic water tank that remains on your property and is filled by an outside company. This tank can keep water sterile and drinkable, allowing you to drink, prepare meals, and even give yourself a sponge bath without hauling buckets back and forth each time you need more water. For areas that receive a great deal of rainwater or dew, a water-collection barrel may also be a good source of bathing or dishwashing water. 

What are your best trash-removal options?

In many parts of the country, trash-removal services are one of the cheaper expenses when it comes to utilities. Depending on how often you're planning to spend a long weekend (or an entire week) on your land, you may find it's worth it to invest in year-round trash-pickup services rather than make arrangements to have trash pickup during only part of the year. 

If your property is in a rural area that doesn't have regular trash-pickup service, you'll need to take steps to ensure that your food scraps and restroom trash don't become a siren song for raccoons, coyotes, and other wildlife. You'll likely want to invest in a heavy-duty plastic or metal trash container with a lockable lid. This can help keep smells from infiltrating the rest of your campsite or attracting wildlife while keeping your actual trash away from any human or animal intruders. You'll then be able to transport the trash with you on your way back home or find a public dumpster somewhere along the way. 

For more ideas, talk to a company like Powell's  Trash Service.