How to solve your dirty water problem and not let your cistern become a Petri Dish!

How to solve your dirty water problem and not let your cistern become a Petri Dish!

Article by Geoffrey Montgomery-Swan

The challenge today revolves around perception and the reality of the issue at hand. Most who live in rural areas rely upon Wells or rainwater collection for their water source, and with this reliance come certain issues, or for some, problems which never seem to go away. We’re all familiar with the rotten eggs smell created by Hydrogen Sulfide – once you’ve smelled this aroma the whiff which is present always seems to be in our ‘smellarama’ area!

image of very dirty cisternOr maybe it’s not odors  prevalent in your water which drive you crazy but…the reddish brown mix that after a while creeps up on you – first noticed in the toilet bowl, or maybe your clothes washing looks a bit off…and if the “irony” look is not so prevalent, but – and this is a real winner – after a while you notice bits of black stuff seeming to congregate in your dishwasher, or makes a nice black ring around your toilet bowl…lucky you! You’ve got manganese in your water – and will keep you busy trying to get rid of it.

Ah-ha you say to yourself let me bring in the water expert he’ll know how to solve this problem and sure enough $3000 – $5000 later you’ve solved the issue – or you think you have but, and this is a very big BUT, you’ve only masked the problem.

Remember all those health directives about how you should take this pill for this ailment or that? Well this is the same thing…its costing you a fortune to discover all the magic filtering in the world ain’t going to cut it, if the root cause of the problem is not taken care of.

And this is where the lightbulb moment needs to shine through…the big fancy filters are NOT going to solve the problem and here’s why.

Just like the doctor prescribing a pill for this or that ailment, it doesn’t solve the issue because it doesn’t get to the root cause.

It’s the same thing with poor quality and organically challenged water. A band aid in the form of a filter, masks the problem but does not cure it.

There is ONLY ONE WAY to correct this issue, go to the source, in this case your water storage device called a water cistern, and inside you will discover it will be coated in iron bacteria or manganese or clay (another fan favourite!)

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Unlike the prescription of “take a pill the headache will go away” – syndrome there is a perfect solution, inexpensive, doesn’t require big filter canisters sitting in your basement or pump room, or spending copious amounts of money…

This solution is based upon fixing the problem at the source.

What you may ask is it?

The solution is all based upon eliminating the cause before it gets into your home plumbing, contaminating your plumbing lines with these organic but nasty elements.

We provide the solution every day for rural homesteaders who rely upon well water or roof collection for their water source…

And the solution is…getting your cistern cleaned. This is where all the dirt, pollution, iron manganese, clay, and other nasties reside…it’s THEIR home, and the only way to eliminate the problem is for Environmental Cistern Cleaning to come and clean it.

Simple, Right?

You see we know what it takes to solve your problem.

By cleaning with our unique and proprietary Environmentally friendly Cistern Cleaning system, we remove all the nasties, disinfect using Hydrogen Peroxide – (this totally safe contact sterilant is used in Water Treatment Plants and Hospitals around the world) – and will bring your water storage back to a new condition.

Remember those days when your cistern was first installed how the water left everything looking nice and clean, no more grey looking whites, no more black or irony looking stuff in dishwashers or clothes washers?

There was water “clarity” because no build-up of organic material in the cistern had occurred.

At Environmental Cistern Cleaning we will restore your cistern to a new looking condition, water will look and feel good once again no more nasties, no more grey clothes, no more unpleasant odors, ALL GONE! Nothing but great tasting and clean water from your water cistern again, all at a fraction of the cost of a big fancy filter designed to stop you seeing all the junk coming into your home.

But you may still want to put a filter inline – but recognize – it can only function efficiently and effectively if the water source entering is clean.

Because guess what! If you don’t make sure your dirty water cistern storage is clean…this filter TOO WILL PLUG UP!

Remember a dirty water cistern will always harbour contaminants, and you CANNOT get clean water from a dirty cistern. Eventually you will have the issue and the ONLY way to solve the problem is to have it cleaned professionally by Environmental Cistern Cleaning.

We are affordable, guarantee our work and in a few hours will take care of your problem, and we are local here in BC on Vancouver Island.

See what others think of our service you too can have a great looking cistern interior cleaned and ready for your water to give you the cleanliness and safety you expect.

Call us at 250-247-9797 or make your booking online for ultra-fast and efficient service.

We are here to help!

The Environmental Solution to Cistern and Water Tank Cleaning.

Snow Harvesting Anybody?

Snow Harvesting or Snow Armageddon…?

We know we weren’t hit as badly as some places in Europe (watch the entire episode here), but it made me wonder how one could capture all that precious white stuff and store for future use in summer when everything gets bone-dry. How about Snow Harvesting? May seem crazy now, but in a few months we may look back at this time with envy. If you do decide to collect the snow from the roof in your cistern, make sure it doesn’t bring in a lot of debris and dirt. If it has already brought it in, you can always contact us to book a cleaning … we are the folks that clean cisterns…


Case Study

How one Person’s Search for Cistern Cleaning led to her own Nirvana

Article by Geoffrey Montgomery-Swan

The challenge for Beth was not as simple as she first considered…getting the water cistern cleaned should be easy she thought…but then she remembered in the past she called up a local guy who came and emptied her cistern, climbed inside, put in a bunch of chemicals scrubbed around and a few hours later declared all was good and clean.

And this time she thought to herself with all the “green” way of doing things, there must be a better way of cleaning the water cistern. After all she mused, having to empty the cistern and chuck away all the water never really felt right to her…and then it also occurred to Beth that putting someone into a cistern with a rather small entry hole seemed a bit risky – what would happen she thought if he or she (Beth was an equal opportunity employer) couldn’t get out?

It also occurred to Beth by having someone clean her cistern the old way was not really in her or the Environments best interests.

Beth started doing the math… she reasoned her full cistern water value was about $250, then she added the cleaning cost of $395 – and this cost she reasoned may have increased since the last time it was cleaned a few years ago – after totaling all the costs together Beth also remembered she had to pay for a water refill…another $250…starting to get expensive she thought to herself.

A friend who worked in insurance gave her some advice which she remembered “never let anyone climb into the water cistern without all the safety protocols in place and this includes having a safety rig, breathing gear, oxygen testers for air quality, and at least 2 people…just in case of an emergency” her friend reminded her.

Beth was getting worried because as her insurance friend mentioned “if there was an accident without all these protocols in place, it is considered an “illegal act” and she would be personally liable to any survivors claims! Needless to say – this fact caught her attention!

“Oh”  the friend continued “if something like this happens, WorkSafeBC gets in on the act and an investigation starts, because remember you are the employer and need to have whomever you hire follow all the right WorkSafeBC conditions…if you don’t and the investigations discover a breach, you Beth would be liable, and the fines to the homeowner ‘hirer’ start at $25,000 and go up to as high as $500,000”.

Shaken, Beth was counting her lucky stars that nothing had happened in the past.

So Beth made a list of her priorities for which company she would choose.

For Beth it all started with Safety, Beth did not want any possible insurance issues should an accident occur, paralleling her thoughts she recalled there wouldn’t be a WorkSafeBC issue by not allowing the cleaner to go into the confined space of a cistern.

Beth started doing the dollar costs, between the existing water value and replacement and cleaning cost there was a $900 cost she could reduce…if she could find a company which could tick all the boxes… Environmentally conscious, no cistern entry, no chemicals used (Beth never liked tasting the taste of chlorine after the last time she had it cleaned) no costly water replacement, no insurance worries, and conforming to WorkSafeBC regulations all meant if she could find a company that could do the work she would feel great about employing them, and save a bundle in the process!

Time for Google!

Armed with her wish list Beth typed in “who does cistern cleaning”

Voilà – One name seemed to be everywhere: Environmental Cistern Cleaning. The reviews were all very positive; and she was in luck the company located in British Columbia was close by, and in reading their website it ticked all the boxes for Beth.

  • No water wastage
  • No chemicals or cleaning agents used
  • No emptying of cistern before cleaning
  • No interruption of service…Beth liked this! It meant she could go about her day and use her water even while her cistern was being cleaned

They even offered to disinfect the water cistern with Hydrogen Peroxide – Beth liked this because as a Nurse she was very familiar with Hydrogen Peroxide, being a contact sterilant no chance for nasty stuff like E-coli, Coliforms, Pathogens to ruin her day…and besides that rotten egg smell that seem to come into her house with the water would not be an issue any more…boy was Beth ever happy!

The final clincher was when she totaled the bill and it was under half what she paid before (That vacation seemed to be getting closer!)

Beth felt good again, Environmental Cistern Cleaning (CleanCistern.Com) really was the Environmental Solution to Cistern and Water Tank Cleaning.

She made the phone call 250-247-9797 booked her appointment and relaxed…

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RDN Rebates Program is back!

Up to $750 in rebates available for the purchase and installation of residential rainwater harvesting systems…!

The Rebate Program from the Regional District of Nanaimo is happening again!

RDN logo large colourIf you own property in Nanaimo, Lantzville, Parksville, Qualicum Beach or in one of the surrounding Electoral Areas from Cedar in the south to Deep Bay in the north and are planning on installing a rainwater harvesting system, testing your well, upgrade your wellhead or make some irrigation upgrades & soil improvements, you can qualify. Get your application in asap, as this program often fills up fast and funds are limited…

To get the complete details, please read this letter that professionals in the water sector just received this morning or go directly to

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