How To Install Water Connections In A Shipping Container Home in Costa Rica.

The design construction and installation of the water connections in a shipping container home.


The architectural drawings should show the routing and connections of all incoming and outgoing water lines.

The water connections on our shipping container homes are usually installed in the back of the unit. We prefer to locate all our water and electricity hook ups at the back of the container as it gives a cleaner look to the home.

In Costa Rica we use PVC tubing for the incoming and outgoing water and we do not install hot water heaters in any of the units. We weld small metal hooks to the container and use a steel cable, wrapped around tubing and then fed through the hooks, to secure the tubing to the container.

A note about using PVC: In Costa Rica, it has been common practice for many years for municipalities to use PVC for the water supply. If your container home is going to use a municipal water supply, then you are necessarily restricted to using PVC tubing to connect to that supply. However, if your home will have its own water, such as a well or natural spring, or if the municipality uses steel/copper tubing, we highly recommend the use of copper tubing for the incoming water supply. This is because there are known, or suspected, links between PVC tubing and long-term health problems especially for younger people. There are also suspected links between PVC tubing and environmental problems.

In some of our shipping container home designs we have including a rainwater catchment system.
(see the photos in the book)