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Old 07-11-2015, 12:10 PM   #21
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This is the closest to your "One Button" water maker that I've ever seen.


FCI Watermakers ? Max-Q ? Marine & Industrial Watermaker
That is pretty cool!
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Old 07-11-2015, 12:22 PM   #22
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Bay Pelican's Spectra Newport 400 is a one button operation. Press the run button once and it will make water for one hour, automatically diverting the reject water at the beginning and automatically flushing with fresh water at the end. Multiple hour runs can be set by pressing the same button more than once. Display shows exactly what is going on including pump pressure, output, salinity etc. Wonderful, but each of the sensors and automatic valves is another possible breakdown point.
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Old 07-11-2015, 01:37 PM   #23
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Just thinking right now California needs some watermakers. It does baffle me a bit how a coastal state can have a water shortage of the magnitude they have when Saudi Arabia has plenty of water. Sure could have used some planning in the past few decades. Just like any of us on boats they have two possible directions, either cut way back on use and/or increase the available water.

Now, that's been my personal thought about being on a boat is I'm not going to be surrounded by water and not have any to use. No Samuel Taylor Coleridge for me.

“Water, water, everywhere,
And all the boards did shrink;
Water, water, everywhere,
Nor any drop to drink.”
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Old 07-11-2015, 02:17 PM   #24
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Just thinking right now California needs some watermakers. It does baffle me a bit how a coastal state can have a water shortage of the magnitude they have when Saudi Arabia has plenty of water.
There is your one word answer...California.
The Rules/Regulations/Coastal Commission permits makes it all but impossible to install a municipal RO Unit before the drought is over and people forget about it for another cycle. Here's the latest horror story I was involved with.

A company in California raises sea snails for pharmaceutical use and wanted to expand their operation that would require them to pull in more sea water from the bay for their snails to grow. The sea water just flowed throug the grow tanks and back into the bay. Well they apply for a permit and NO..Rejected. Why, the regulators determined that they were putting water back into the ocean that had too high of a copper content. But it was the EXACT SAME copper content as they were pulling in from the Ocean! No exaggeration! So if they wanted to expand their business (make more jobs, more tax base etc) they would have to put a heavy metal control system on the sea water outflow, which is where I got involved in the project. In the end, the costs were just too high for the project so the company expanded production of sea snails in another more business friendly State.
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There is your one word answer...California.
The Rules/Regulations/Coastal Commission permits makes it all but impossible to install a municipal RO Unit before the drought is over and people forget about it for another cycle. Here's the latest horror story I was involved with.
Oh I know it's too late for this drought but they sure should have realized this was coming. Many other areas with similar problems. Parts of Texas I know. Without talking about the reasons, just logically, there is no reason we should have the water shortages we do since the technology for aquifers, reverse osmosis, and even water recycling is there and has been for years.

Back to my little boat world, love watermakers. When I see my water bill at home, I think of adding some there...lol
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B- You'd spend the same amount in pre-filters in the dirty icw water!
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So, back on this watermaker thing...

Although some manufacturers offer some really nifty control systems, I like the simplicity of no electronics to fool with and no sensors to fail on my new water-maker.

I could actually build a control system for it, although as I indicated it would be complicated.

The only thing I might actually do is install a TDS sensor in the product water stream which would save me having to gather a sample. I could just turn the knob and be done.
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I believe the Flush unit is separate from the water maker. So if it fails you won't have to worry as its only isolated tot he flush system.

I'd strongly consider it.
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The flush uuniit is as you indicated sepparate from the watermaker.

Thats the kind of simpple controlller I build myself, so thats the way I'll approach that issue.

What I did find that I'll be trying is a inline TDS meter. All of $23 on Amazon. That will releive me of the sample and test sequence.

Turn the unit on
Build pressures
Wait for the TDS meter to show clean water
turn valve on control panel.

That's a pretty easy to use system!
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The flush uuniit is as you indicated sepparate from the watermaker.



Thats the kind of simpple controlller I build myself, so thats the way I'll approach that issue.



What I did find that I'll be trying is a inline TDS meter. All of $23 on Amazon. That will releive me of the sample and test sequence.



Turn the unit on

Build pressures

Wait for the TDS meter to show clean water

turn valve on control panel.



That's a pretty easy to use system!

Kevin, gotcha. Yep pretty simple!
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