Pollen Alert…!

Pollen – the Bees just love it, but do we love it too?

Yes, it’s that time of year again. It may be great for the bees, but not for your water cistern. There is lot’s of pollen happening – see pollen report of today – and if you are collecting rainwater from a roof, you should disconnect your downspouts away from the cistern intake.

A good indicator that pollen is coming down is when you see that yellow powder on your car’s windshield. Nobody knows how long it will last, but it is usually a few days when it is worst & it can come back a few times during the spring.

If there is a strange smell coming from your cistern, you have pollen in your cistern. In that case, you may want to call us and schedule a cistern cleaning to get that stuff out.

Find more indicators that your cistern needs cleaning in our write-up: Tell-Tale Signs Your Cistern Needs Cleaning & the Health Consequences of not doing so! To print out that handy flyer click Tell-Tale-Signs.


64% of bottled water comes from a tap

image of bottled water

Image courtesy of Steven Depolo – Article Courtesy of Sami Grover, for Treehugger

It also costs 2,000 times more.

As Glastonbury Festival bans plastic bottles, and as communities around the world promote refill stations and water fountains over bottled water, it’s worth revisiting an oft-forgotten fact about bottled water:

Most of it is literally the same water we get out of our faucets anyway.

To read full article, please go to this link.



Valentine’s 2018 Special

Would you like to treat your Valentine twice this year? With a clean water storage and the champagne and chocolates to go with it?

Image of champagne and chocolates

Your special Valentine’s gift for you and your partner will be reserved when booking a cistern cleaning via our online ordering page between now and February 7th 2018 – please enter “Valentine’s 2018” as promo code at the bottom of the form – and will be delivered to you on the day of your cleaning. Cleanings must be completed by February 14th 2018.

With the rainy season upon us, it is worth remembering that now is an ideal time to make sure your cistern is clean and ready for the precipitation… and wouldn’t it be a shame to put new water into a dirty cistern…

As a sidebar you may wish to visit our new website https://cleancistern.com/tell-tale-signs and refer to additional information that could be useful to know.

Looking forward to delivering your Valentine’s day gift, but you must book between now and February 7th…


Geoffrey & Sabina Montgomery-Swan



Hydrogen Peroxide – many amazing uses and benefits

60 hydrogen peroxide uses and benefits


Joan Clark, editor at Tipsbulletin, emailed me and asked if I would add a link on our website to her recent post about hydrogen peroxide:

60+ Amazing Hydrogen Peroxide Uses and Benefits

Of course – it’s a pleasure! In fact we appreciate every effort in getting the good word out about hydrogen peroxide. I wish people would stop using chlorine and bleach. Chlorine is carcinogenic and only makes matters worse. It is banned in Europe…

Joan mentions Water Sanitation under No. 59 in her article as an excellent way to treat well water. But it is not only good to treat well water. Water that is being collected on roofs, most commonly known as rainwater harvesting, also benefits tremendously if treated with H2O2.

Hydrogen Peroxide for disinfection

Environmental Cistern Cleaning Inc. uses Hydrogen Peroxide to disinfect cisterns – another point that Joan could add to her impressive list. Those cistern may contain well water, water collected via rainwater harvesting or even delivered water. Dirt gets everywhere, even into the trucks that deliver the water (that we happen to clean as well).

What not to do with H2O2

One piece of advise when using HP: be extremely careful – especially when using higher grades like the food-grade  peroxide. You need to wear eye protection and gloves. If you happen to get it on your skin, it can burn a whole in it!



Accredited Professional Workshop
November 28 & 29 2016
At BCIT in Burnaby BC
This 2-day workshop provides an in-depth review of rainwater harvesting design and installation and is open to anyone with an interest in rainwater harvesting. It covers design, components, calculations, safety, regulations, water uses and demand, and sanitation for Rainwater Harvesting System. Registration is open, reserve your seat today!
For more information and registration, click here: Rainwater Harvesting: AP Workshop

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