Hydrogen Peroxide – Could this be the gardener’s best friend?

Another of the many reasons to use Hydrogen Peroxide if you garden or grow.

Normally our Environmental Cistern Cleaning posts highlight the benefits of our Environmentally friendly and safe water cistern cleaning technology. But today instead of highlighting all the wonderful cleanings we do for cistern users(!) we are going to focus on helping gardeners and plant growers overcome possibly the growers biggest issue:

Pests and how to get rid of them

in a Environmentally safe and economical way without resorting to the usual plethora of commercially available products. Readers of our posts will know how much we value the use of Hydrogen Peroxide as a disinfection agent for cistern cleanings, it is possibly without equal, but a question often asked is “what are other uses for Hydrogen Peroxide?”

So for you gardeners and plant growers here is important information which can help in all aspects of your gardening efforts. This information was derived from Zach, the author of the original articleHydrogen Peroxide for Plants‘, last updated on April 8, 2016 – but still as current as ever.

Hydrogen Peroxide for Plants

Hydrogen peroxide for plants sounds like pure madness, right? After all, why would you want to feed your garden vegetables with a solution that’s most famous for its use of disinfecting wounds? Well, to much surprise, this compound is actually the garden’s best mate.

That’s right, your garden can greatly benefit from hydrogen peroxide treatments! It might come at even more of a surprise to hear that it is completely compatible with organic gardens! So why is it so great? Well, you’ll just have to keep reading to find out, but how does natural pesticide, soil aerator and water cleanser sound for a preview?


Recognized by the United States EPA as an organic treatment for agricultural crops, hydrogen peroxide offers many benefits to gardeners.


When it comes to the cultivation of organic food crops, root worms and other soil pests are difficult to spot and even more difficult to treat for. Fortunately, feeding a diluted hydrogen peroxide solution to the infected plants will rid them of these soil-dwelling pests. Even a small amount will rapidly degrade external tissues and kill fungus, gnat larvae, cutworms, and parasitic nematodes upon contact. A diluted solution can also be applied as a foliage spray to control the populations of soft bodied pests, such as aphids and spider mites.

Soil Aeration & Root Rot Treatment

An over-watered garden can easily fall victim to root rot. This rapid deterioration of plant roots can establish itself after just 24 hours of moist, oxygen-deprived soil conditions. Again, hydrogen peroxide comes to the rescue! Watering thoroughly with a diluted solution, it will break down rapidly in the soil, boosting oxygen levels and expelling any anaerobic conditions.

Water Treatment

Many gardeners in urban areas with chemically treated municipal tap water choose to treat their water with hydrogen peroxide.


The Cistern Cleaning Conundrum

We keep getting asked what to do when the pollen season is about to start: disconnect the cistern to stop pollen getting into the cistern or keeping everything connected for maximum water collection….?

In recent years we would send out an email to our clients called something like “Pollen Alert”, but this year is particularly dry – water trucks are already running in April. So here is our message for 2019:

The Cistern Cleaning Conundrum of 2019…

Should I collect dirty rainwater, or bypass downspouts…and let the dirty rain water go to waste?

With the likelihood of drought conditions lasting for several months, our advice…bring in the rainwater, the dirt, and pollen, the roof debris, – bring it all in…collect as much water as you can!

Dirt, pollen and all the other nasty stuff that will end up in your cistern – we’ll get rid of it when we clean your cistern, and we won’t have to throw away your water to do it!

We are famous for preserving the water when we clean cisterns, so go ahead and collect as much as you can!

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Your garden can benefit from the discharge of dirt – let’s re-use that precious water

Water is going to be scarce this summer and refills are expensive.

In addition to cleaning the cistern, if requested we’ll also disinfect it with Hydrogen Peroxide.

No more dirt No more smell.

Relax in the knowledge that no water was wasted during the cleaning of the cistern.

Entering our 7th year in the business of cleaning water cisterns and tanks we have gained an enviable reputation as being the go-to company for cistern cleaning.

Have a look at our reviewpage and see what your fellow cistern users say about our service.  https://CleanCistern.Com/testimonials/

We’re ready when you need us…

So keep on collecting all that dirty rainwater…but remember to call us at

250-247-9797 when you want your cistern rid of all the dirt… we’ll leave you the water you preciously saved in a nicely cleaned cistern!

nicely cleaned cistern ready for your use
Nice and clean cistern – ready for your use

To view the Advertorial in the Gabriola Sounder on the Easter weekend 2019, please click here.

Easter Special 2019

Nanaimo Gymnastics Club is fundraising… and Environmental Cistern Cleaning is supporting the non-profit club… AND Easter is (already) just around the corner, so we’d like to treat our customers to some nice chocolates from Purdy’s. If you book a cistern cleaning by March 29th, 2019 6pm via our booking page (cleanings can be done by end of April 2019, but the booking has to be by the booking deadline – we need to order the chocolate goodies…), you will receive one of the boxes shown below.

Option 1:

No Sugar Added Favourites – please enter bunny1 as your discount code on our order page


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Option 2:

No Sugar Added Mini Hedgehogs – please enter bunny2 as your discount code on our order page

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Thank you for your support!

Here the link again to book a cistern cleaning.

Gutter Guards for Rainwater Harvesting System

Do you have gutter guards installed?

It’s time to think about rainwater harvesting. In a few months, we will have for sure drought conditions again and everybody on cisterns will be thinking: “I should have installed more cisterns…”. Watch here what gutter guards can do for your cistern/s. This video is already a few years old (and the incentives from Monterey Country shown at approx. 6 minutes into the video may not be available anymore), but the theory around rainwater harvesting doesn’t really change.

In case you don’t have gutter guards (yet) and all the debris ended up in your cisterns, you know who to call…

Courtesy of EasyOn Gutter Guard

Why is my Well Water Yellow and Brown

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Why is my Well Water Yellow and Brown… and other colours of the Rainbow?

The question has been posed many times this year! And the reason is quite fundamental.

Copious amounts of rain and slow melting snow have created the ideal conditions for the discoloration of ground water…Imagine this scenario; the ground is saturated with water and rather like a sponge soaks up water, becomes sodden and slowly drips. This similar event is going on throughout the Aquifer.

As the groundwater slowly gravity feeds into the Aquifer strata, it brings with it the dirt and surface water discoloration.

This combination of organic material and dirt enters the Aquifer where it mixes with all the sodden strata, before making its way to your well!

From there, this water continuously enters the well, and gets pumped into the house water cistern.

But worse still, if there is no water cistern, the water is drawn directly into the house plumbing without any chance of settling (in a water cistern).

This influx of dirt -and it can be microscopic – helps to line your pressure tank, hot water tank and internal plumbing with dirt which will build up over time and will call for premature replacement of these expensive and necessary components of the water system in the house.

Without a cistern to deposit the dirt, the only barrier between the well water and house consumption would be some sort of filter…but filters do not stop discoloration of the water – they are only dirt stoppers which rapidly plug up and can be costly to replace every few weeks, or in some cases days.

This colour caused by turbidity and organic material is inherent throughout the water chain, from the well to the house.

So, is there a solution?

Luckily Yes!

If as a homeowner living in rural paradise(!) you installed a water cistern as part of the house water infrastructure, then you are halfway home… Because the cistern also acts as a “dirt depositor” collecting most of the unwanted dirt, in the water cistern which helps to “contain” the dirt in one place.

Remove the dirt and discoloration will lessen because tannins and other organic material is the major cause of discolored water.

The other half of solving the puzzle?

Getting the cistern cleaned…and who better to do this than Environmental Cistern Cleaning Inc.

Specializing in the cleaning of water cisterns over the last 6+ years, in an Environmentally safe and efficient manner, saving the Environment and you, money.

Environmental Cistern Cleaning will solve the dirt issue and save your water from having to be thrown away, so no costly refill is required.

Incorporating our disinfection treatment using Hydrogen Peroxide also ensures the water cistern, water content, and all the plumbing lines are flushed together with any ancillary equipment including pumps, pressure tanks and hot water tanks. All are treated, thereby ensuring the best quality water and safety for all residents of the home.

This is a busy time, so best to reserve your booking for your cistern to be cleaned!

Go to https://CleanCistern.Com/bookings/  or call us at 250-247-9797 today! And get ready to enjoy your water as it was meant to be.

Want more proof? Read what others think of the job we do for them. Go to: https://CleanCistern.Com/testimonials/          You too will be amazed at the difference!

By Geoffrey Montgomery-Swan

Environmental Cistern Cleaning

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