Water Cistern Tanks and Wooden Water Tanks

Reap the benefits of rainwater harvesting with wooden water cisterns from Forest Cooperage.

The time-honored tradition of rainwater harvesting is both economically satisfying and environmentally friendly. Our cistern tanks are crafted in Western Red Cedar, and complement any landscape with beauty and function. We are proud to offer these tanks in a variety of sizes to suit your specific rainwater needs.

Since 1976, Forest Cooperage has been a leader in the Western Red Cedar business. We know Cedar, and we put our experience to work for you.

At Forest Cooperage, we operate like any successful small business does, with integrity and personal attention. We keep a close eye on every stage of production, from logging to building, so we can give our customers the very best product, guaranteed.

Custom made wooden water tanks and water cistern tanks from Forest Cooperage are the perfect way to harvest rainwater. These products are drinking water grade, and can last more than 30 years.

Cistern Construction

Forest Cooperage cisterns are real barrels. Both the side and the floor are made of only the finest top quality, 1 5/8″ thick, kiln dried, 100% heartwood Western Red Cedar. The floor is supported by 4×4 cedar chine joists on 16″ centres. This cedar base elevates the cistern sides 1 1/2″ off the ground allowing proper air circulation under the floor. The integral construction of these cisterns allows them to be tower mounted. For water tower plans see www.WaterTowers.com. Inlets and outlets are provided to your specifications. The hoops are made from long lasting stainless steel flat bar. All the hardware is corrosion resistant.

The cisterns come with a modular roof design that are easily transported and installed. The roof panels are supported by a central aluminium hub which also provides ventilation. All vents are screened to keep out birds and insects.

We build our cisterns using 100% heartwood, clear Western Red Cedar as opposed to knotty.  Our wooden water cisterns have custom made; heavy 45 mm flexible plastic liners, made in California, with a life span of 20 years when properly maintained. These liners are drinking water approved.

Our wood water cisterns can be easily shipped in a pickup truck or a boat to remote locations. Two people can carry and setup the numbered pieces, even on rock bluffs and uneven ground.

Unlike conventional plastic tanks, which are an eyesore, our cisterns are attractive structures which add beauty and value to your landscape.


9000 US gallons – 14 ft diameter x 8 ft high sides

6500 US gallons – 12 ft diameter x 8 ft high sides

3000 US gallons – 8 ft diameter x 8 ft high sides

2000 US gallons – 8 ft diameter x 6 ft high sides

1100 US gallons – 6 ft diameter x 6 ft high sides

500 US gallons – 4 ft diameter x 6 ft high sides

Custom sizes available

Cistern Price List

Doing our part for the environment.

The FSC® Trademark identifies products which contain wood from well-managed forests certified in accordance with the rules of the Forest Stewardship Council®

Rainforest Alliance sets standards for sustainability that conserve wildlife and wild lands and promote the well being of forest workers and their communities. For more information on Rainforest Alliance

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