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Friday, January 22, 2010

Cistern Passes County Inspection ...

The prototype cistern based on the hydrostatic design (as previously made public in these pages) just passed the county's health inspection.

Good news!

We used another novel technique - decontamination of the tank did not require toxic chemicals!

Pending a few minor operational adjustments, and no new surprises - like the one we received last week from the City requiring that the gutters leading to the cistern not overflow (???) - we should be done in days for a full operational go-ahead.

Will advise.

Also ...

This author has identified an exciting and lucrative grant program. In speaking with the grant administrator, it seems that the ENTIRE cost of a cistern conversion will be covered!!

This grant will be available for application in February 2010.

After the election, the independent/non-sectarian city councilors will be advised of the grant with the hope that this new grant opportunity is not stillborn or contaminated (no pun intended) by the city --- like the last one.

In all, good news for cistern conversions, protecting the environment, saving water and saving $!

And ...

Thanking once again the Florida Department of Health, the FDH at Collier County, City Councilors Kiester, Forcht, Recker, et al ... and Cains Bobcat Service (the contractor) for doing the work.


  • What was the novel technique for decomtamination of the septic tank?

    How do you obtain an application for the 2/2010 cistern grant?

    How does anyone prevent gutter overflow....Is this part of City's sewer/cistern permit process?
    please reply to smith8616@comcast.net thanx in advance

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Saturday, January 23, 2010 7:59:00 AM  

  • Kudos to you Mario for your brilliant and tireless efforts regarding this cistern issue. You have done a great service for our community.

    By Anonymous Ray, at Saturday, January 23, 2010 9:07:00 AM  

  • thanks ray, greatly appreciated.

    smith8616@comcast.net :

    i used high-intensity ultra-violet lights! i simply put two in the tank evenly spaced, left them running for a few days, and it worked. - you can actually see the video on this blog and those purple things you see swinging back and forth are the ultra-violet lights.

    the city said (out of the blue) that they did not want the cistern to overflow. we countered that it cant overflow being a sealed system and that the rain water would simply not go into the cistern from the gutters IF the cistern ever became full. so they said that the rain water would then overflow the gutters. and we said, right, just like every house on the planet when the rain is too heavy for the gutters to handle it. and the city said no matter (can you believe this?) so we are in the process of installing a up-valve on the opposite side of the cistern that will pop-up and let rain water out to the lawn when the cistern gets too full - which is exactly what the overflowing gutters would do. don't you just love this place? i will post the outcome of that curve ball.

    as to the grant, sorry but i wont reveal that until after i speak with each of the councilors (kiester/forscht/recker and hopefully batte) independently after the election - so as to avoid what happened the last time - a genuine grant that would have covered the cistern conversion ($750) that was intentionally thwarted. no mas - as we say.

    hope this helps and thanks for your interest.

    By Blogger Dr. Mario, at Saturday, January 23, 2010 9:36:00 AM  

  • You are so vigilant. Keep up the fight. The city is at times inept especially with comments regarding overflow. It is the same situation with the folks addressing the city with regard to shell driveways. It was once dusty now its a safety issue. What the city does not want to say is that gravel/shell driveways are not in the style of a "syndicate" developed community.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Sunday, January 24, 2010 12:06:00 PM  

  • thanks!

    i cant agree more. until the island is disinfected and purged of the arceri-tucker-trotter-minozzi-walduck-gibson-patterson-garcia-lazarus-TURK intellectually and morally corrupt syndicate, simple problems as the ones you describe will become cancerous (like them) and fester (like them) and drive more people off the island and have more taxes.

    since these goons infest everything and got their puppets in the city governance, everything has to be cross-checked against their agenda of 1)slur/defame anyone they dont agree with, 2)mica-chamber-realtor-vomitorium driven agenda of making marco yet another crap tourist trap .... and hence tax regular mostly retired residents off the island.

    with everything masked in lies and deceit by the above named miscreants, simple problems like leaking water pipes, leaking sewer pipes, water pressure, gravel drive-ways become contentious.

    like the people in massachusets, lets hope that the few that are left on marco with any dignity will vote against the arceri-tucker-trotter-minozzi-walduck-gibson-patterson-garcia-lazarus-TURK syndicate candidate and bring respectability back to local government.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Sunday, January 24, 2010 1:09:00 PM  

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