My Cistern drinking water

My St. Thomas Cistern and reverse osmosis system,

Way back, right after Hurricane Marilyn I lived on St Thomas USVI.

My home was the second highest in elevation, just off of Skyline Drive.

Needless to say getting water to my cistern was at the very least EXPENSIVE!

 Now I love the idea of catching rain water and living with it, however if you have ever seen the interior of a cistern it can make you skeptical. Add to that the condition of the roof from which the rain was collected and you become downright skeptical.

My adult life was spent in the promotion of reverse osmosis water treatment technology so resolving that issue was simple. However most islanders were tossing away the concentrate stream from the reverse osmosis unit.

I did not, I simply returned the concentrate stream to the cistern.

What ? Why?

Well the amount of water I purified each day for drinking was only a very small fraction of the cistern . The concentrate stream was an even smaller fraction of that.

So the overall impact on the quality of the water in the cistern was negiable.

Outcome!  Simply very pure water for drinking, cooking, batteries, and no wasted water.

What you need, what you want is to drink is reverse osmosis purified water. Water  you made at home with a high quality reverse osmosis system. I have been explaining that to people since 1980. Reverse Osmosis is still the number one way to make high quality drinking water at home.

Make sure the system you purchase has a good quality, large carbon filter in front of the membrane.

Want to live off grid or feel better about your water quality? Seek out a good five stage reverse osmosis system.

Who am I ?  I founded Keys Water Systems in 1980, I was granted a US patent (Self cleaning reverse osmosis sytem) Oct 9 1990. I used to build small residential desal units in the Florida Keys . Word of mouth got me to Mexico and the rest of the Carribbean

I, my company designed, built, exported and my crew installed the first Hotel desal plant on the Island of Cozumel in the very late 80’s.  The (440) room Club Cozumel at San Juan beach. Just one of my Caribbean exploits .

I am retired now have no need of proceeds from the sale of any water system. I did enjoy being of service to people in need of good quality water residentially, business and large commercial interests.

 I still see lots of snake oil being promoted, just trying to make a dent.

Seek out a local water treatment firm, one that has been in business for at least three years.” The proof is in the pudding “ and get yourself a Reverse Osmosis drinking water system today.

Advertisements Have the Chinese become incompetant?

Recently we paid  for an ATV from this chinese company  they indicated that they were experienced in importing to the USA. We advised their agent Alice that proper documentation was required prior to the cargo leaving their port. Alice failed to file the required paperwork and Customs refused to let the shipment go.

The faiure to file the correct documentation had Customs officials asking for a $ 10,000.00 one year bond . The bond might be returned or it might be subject to levy to pay the fine.

The shipment never made it into our hands and now refuses to refund ourr payment or ship a replacment item

Cheated and screwed, big time by the failure to correctly file import documentation . I highly reccommend you avoid doing business with the IMO crooks at

Why spend more for Pure Sine wave inverters?

Why spend the extra money on pure sine wave inverters?
 Not that long ago, lots of handy devices were simply motors attached to various things.
Small air conditioners are a perfect example, a motor, compressor, some coils and a few manually operated controls. Most any current close to AC sine wave current would operate such a simple device .
 Inverters do not have to be very special to drive motors and other non electronic devices.
 Problem is today your little rom size AC is electronic. Every operation of even the cheapest unit is electronic.
Electronic devices work on the exact current wave form as well as the voltage. Dirty current or a choppy sine wave can and will confuse your electronic device.
 So there you have it even your battery operated drill is dependant on a electronic charger. You can’t get away from it electronic control of everyday devices is ubiquitous.
 Unless you want to risk damaging just about everything in your off grid cabin, your RV, your boat, you had better pony up the extra dollars and get a true SINE WAVE inverter.
 Hope this brief answer helps you along on your way to energy Independence.


Well here I sit, still not satisfied with my current Solar system.
Could be that I am addicted in some strange way.  I am certain that is not the case. At least I think that is not the case. I do love powering things from sunlight.
My most recent system is a true success, it works perfectly for the application I had in mind when
I designed it. Problem is the application has changed in  every regard.
Actually this is my third Solar system in the last five years.
The first two systems were related to my fish pond. I have a pond that is 70 feet in diameter and 12 feet deep, needs  pumping to keep things healthy.
My latest was for an old portable classroom/office about 1,000 square feet.
I use that space as storage and office space. I wanted to build a system that was capable of running an 8,000 BTU ac for several hours and of course lighting, computer, and my 3d printer.
I did it, works perfectly!.
Problem is we now we use that space as an office/ distribution center where two or three piece workers show up in the evening, not good.

So increasing the batteries is a must,more batteries require more input (more panels).

Batteries are really complex, as least as complex as any other part of the system. Batteries cost a lot are really heavy and don’t last long. (lead acid flooded)
I had hoped to wait for Telsa type battery packs and related components to become common (cheaper) before I did any serious spending on the battery portion of the system.
Right now all I have is four 160 ah 12vdc batteries in series (48vdc).
Not much reserve power when you are trying to run an air conditioner.

I am really excited about converting this system. I maybe more excited about selling it and starting over, bigger, better, more horse power, make that SUN power .

Batteries away!


Hi, We just turned two years old,that is right, We are located only in the USA, our product is cut, rolled, wrapped and packaged US citizens right here in N Florida.
Amazon ships our product really, really fast, no waiting on that fake product,from the fake Supplies in HongKong.
Yes sad but true we have had our hard work stolen from us. Enjoy this great FUN PACK @ well below our cost. You our customers deserve it. Once we reclaim our rightful property our ads, pictures and our name we will return to normal pricing.
Right now this low price is the only way to drive the IMO thieves from Hong Kong off.
I am sorry my customers are being forced into this confusion and this extremely low price is my answer.
Our normally $24.95 sampler pack until we win just $7.95
Thanks everyone!

Passing on the truth, from my inbox Two America’s

Take the time to read this…the truth speaks for itself…
 The Democrats are right, there are two Americas. The America that works, and the America that doesn’t. The America that contributes, and the America that doesn’t. It’s not the haves and the have not’s, it’s the dos and the don’ts. Some people do their duty as Americans, obey the law, support themselves, contribute to society, and others don’t.  That’s the divide in America.
It’s not about income inequality, it’s about civic irresponsibility. It’s about a political party that preaches hatred, greed and victimization in order to win elective office.   It’s about a political party that loves power more than it loves its country.
That’s not invective, that’s truth, and it’s about time someone said it.
The politics of envy was on proud display a couple weeks ago when President Obama pledged the rest of his term to fighting “income inequality.”  He noted that some people make more than other people, that some people have higher incomes than others, and he says that’s not just.  That is the rationale of thievery.
The other guy has it, you want it, Obama will take it for you. Vote Democrat. That is the philosophy that produced Detroit.
It is the electoral philosophy that is destroying America.  It conceals a fundamental deviation from American values and common sense because it ends up not benefiting the people who support it, but a betrayal.
The Democrats have not empowered their followers, they have enslaved them in a culture of dependence and entitlement, of victim-hood and anger instead of ability and hope. The president’ premise –that you reduce income inequality by debasing the successful –seeks to deny the successful the consequences of their choices and spare the unsuccessful the consequences of their choices.  Because, by and large, income variations in society is a result of different choices leading to different consequences. Those who choose wisely and responsibility have a far greater likelihood of success, while those who choose foolishly and irresponsibly have a far greater likelihood of failure.  Success and failure usually manifest themselves in personal and family income.  You choose to drop out of high school or to skip college – and you are apt to have a different outcome than someone who gets a diploma and pushes on with purposeful education. You have your children out of wedlock and life is apt to take one course; you have them within a marriage and life is apt to take another course. Most often in life our destination is determined by the course we take.
My doctor, for example, makes far more than I do. There is significant income inequality between us. Our lives have had an inequality of outcome, but, our lives also have had an in equality of effort.  While my doctor went to college and then devoted his young adulthood to medical school and residency, I got a job in a restaurant.  He made a choice, I made a choice, and our choices led us to different outcomes.  His outcome pays a lot better than mine. Does that mean he cheated and Barack Obama needs to take away his wealth?  No, it means we are both free men in a free society where free choices lead to different outcomes. 
It is not inequality Barack Obama intends to take away, it is freedom. The freedom to succeed, and the freedom to fail. There is no true option for success if there is no true option for failure. The pursuit of happiness means a whole lot less when you face the punitive hand of government if your pursuit brings you more happiness than the other guy.   Even if the other guy sat on his arse and did nothing.  Even if the other guy made a lifetime’s worth of asinine and short sighted decisions.
Barack Obama and the Democrats preach equality of outcome as a right, while completely ignoring inequality of effort.
The simple Law of the Harvest – as ye sow, so shall ye reap – is sometimes applied as, “The harder you work, the more you get.”
Obama would turn that upside down. Those who achieve are to be punished as enemies of society and those who fail are to be rewarded as wards of society. Entitlement will replace effort as the key to upward mobility in American society if Barack Obama gets his way. He seeks a lowest common denominator society in which the government besieges the successful and productive to foster equality through mediocrity. He and his party speak of two Americas, and their grip on power is based on using the votes of one to sap the productivity of the other.  America is not divided by the differences in our outcomes, it is divided by the differences in our efforts.
It is a false philosophy to say one man’s success comes about unavoidably as the result of another man’s victimization.
What Obama offered was not a solution, but a separatism. He fomented division and strife, pitted one set of Americans against another for his own political benefit.  That’s what socialists offer.  Marxist class warfare wrapped up with a bow. Two Americas, coming closer each day to proving the truth to Lincoln’s maxim that a house divided against itself cannot stand. 
“Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it.”
  Lou Holtz
Leo “Lou” Holtz (born January 6, 1937) is a retired American football coach, and active sportscaster, author, and motivational speaker.
: Two Americas – Lou Holtz
so why should anyone go to college to seek a better life. So lets start at the top, with the president, drop his salary to minimum wage, only 2 week vacation, you pay your own way, no plane ride paid by the government, no free housing, you pay rent on your dime. You pay taxes, you pay for your own health care, (no special health care) and NO retirement from the government, for only 8 years employment. And so on and so forth. I’m sure you can think of more,& I could go on.
No special treatment for anyone!

From my email inbox. Democrats in charge

I would appreciate it if someone from the Democratic party explained this to me. I may be slow , but to me it looks like all of you are totally incompentant and stupid.

 Long but interesting 
Illinois & Oklahoma:
PART 1 — Illinois

> > “A State with No Republicans!”
> > Some interesting data on the ‘state’ of, the State of Illinois …
> > There are more
> > People on welfare in Illinois than there are people working.
> > Chicago pays the highest wages to teachers than anywhere else in the
> > U.S.. Their average pay is $110,000/year.
> > Their pensions average 80-90% of their income.
> > Wow, are Illinois and Chicago great or what?
> > Be sure to read till the end.
> > I’ve never heard it explained better.
> > Perhaps the U.S. Should pull out of Chicago?

> > Body count:
> > In the last six months, 292 killed (murdered) in Chicago ..
> > 221 killed in Iraq; AND Chicago has one of the strictest gun laws in
> > The entire US.

> > Here’s the Chicago chain of command:
> > President: Barack Hussein Obama •
> > Senator: Dick Durbin •
> > House Representative: Jesse Jackson Jr. •
> > Governor: Pat Quinn •
> > House leader: Mike Madigan •
> > Atty. Gen.: Lisa Madigan (daughter of Mike) •
> > Mayor: Rahm Emanuel •
> > The leadership in Illinois – all Democrats. •

> > Thank you for the combat zone in Chicago. •
> > Of course, they’re all blaming each other. •
> > Can’t blame Republicans; there aren’t any! •

> > Let us get ALL the facts out while we are at it:

> > Chicago school system rated one of the worst in the country.
> > Can’t blame Republicans; there aren’t any!

> > State pension fund $78 Billion in debt, worst in country.
> > Can’t blame Republicans; there aren’t any! 

> > Cook County ( Chicago ) sales tax 10.25% highest in country.
> > Can’t blame Republicans; there aren’t any!
> > This is the political culture that Obama comes from in Illinois ..
> > And he is going to ‘fix’ Washington politics for us?

> > George Ryan is no longer Governor, he is in prison.

> > He was replaced by Rob Blagojevich who is, by the way, also in prison.

> > And Representative Jesse Jackson Jr. Resigned, .. And, that’s right, he
> > And his wife are both in prison.

> > The Land of Lincoln, where our Governors and Representatives make our
> > License plates. What?

> > As long as they keep providing entitlements to the population of
> > Chicago, nothing is going to change, except the state will go bankrupt
> > before the country does. 

> > “Anybody who thinks he can be happy and prosperous by letting the
> > Government take care of him better take a closer look at the American
> > Indian.”
> > Don’t forget Detroit, another great example of a Democratic empire…
> >
> >
> >
> > With all the bad news, there is hope, so let’s go to:

> > PART 2— Oklahoma
> > OKLAHOMA- may soon have plenty of new residents! 

> > Oklahoma is the only state that Obama did not win even one county in the
> > Last election… While everyone is focusing on Arizona’s new law, look
> > What Oklahoma has been doing!!!
> > An update from Oklahoma :
> > Oklahoma law passed, 37 to 9 an amendment to place the Ten Commandments
> > On the front entrance to the state capitol. The feds in D.C., along with
> > The ACLU, said it would be a mistake. Hey this is a conservative state,
> > Based on Christian values… HB 1330

> > Guess what… Oklahoma did it anyway. 

> > Oklahoma recently passed a law in the state to incarcerate all illegal
> > Immigrants and ship them back to where they came from unless they want to
> > Get a green card and become an American citizen. They all scattered.
> > HB1804. This was against the advice of the Federal Government, and the
> > ACLU,
> > They said it would be a mistake.
> > Guess what… Oklahoma did it anyway.

> > Recently we passed a law to include DNA samples from any and all
> > Illegal’s’ to the Oklahoma database, for criminal investigative purposes.
> > Pelosi said it was unconstitutional SB1102 

> > Guess what… Oklahoma did it anyway

> > Several weeks ago, we passed a law, declaring Oklahoma as a Sovereign
> > State, not under the Federal Government directives. Joining, Texas, Montana
> > And Utah as the only states to do so.
> > More states are likely to follow: Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia,
> > Carolinas, Kentucky, Missouri, Arkansas, West Virginia, Mississippi
> > and Florida ..
> > Save your confederate money, it appears the South is about to rise up once
> > Again. HJR 1003

> > The federal Government has made bold steps to take away our guns.
> > Oklahoma, a week ago, passed a law confirming people in this state have the
> > right to bear arms and transport them in their vehicles. I’m sure that was
> > a setback for the criminals The Liberals didn’t like it — But…. 

> > Guess what… Oklahoma did it anyway.

> > Just this month, the state has voted and passed a law that ALL drivers’
> > license exams will be printed in English and only English and no other
> > language. They have been called racist for doing this, but the fact is that
> > ALL of the road signs are in English only. If you want to drive in
> > Oklahoma, you must read and write English. Really simple.
> > By the way, the Liberals don’t like any of this either 

> > Guess what… who cares… Oklahoma is doing it anyway.

> > If you like it, pass it on, if you don’t then delete it… Thanks..

> > Guess what: the people I’m sending this to, will send it on.
> > Well, at least the ones who love and believe in freedom will.