Wooden Water Tanks and Water Cistern Tanks

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Water Cistern Tanks and Wooden Water Tanks

Reap the benefits of rainwater harvesting with wooden water tanks and water cistern tanks from Forest Lumber and Cooperage LTD. The time-honored tradition of rainwater harvesting is both economically satisfying and environmentally friendly, especially in these trying times. Our cistern tanks are crafted in 100% 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 Lumber and Cooperage LTD has been a leader in the Western Red Cedar business. We know the ins-and-outs of this wood, and we put our experience to work for you. At Forest Lumber and Cooperage LTD, 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 Lumber and Cooperage LTD are the perfect way to harvest rainwater. These products are drinking water grade, and can last up to 50 years. For more information, contact us today!

Cistern Construction

Forest Lumber cistens 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″ centers. This cedar base elevates the cistern sides 1 1/2″ off the ground allowing proper air circulaton 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 proof.

Our wooden water tanks have custom made; heavy 25 mil flexible plastic liners, with a life span of 20 years when properly maintained. These liners are drinking water approved.

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 screended to keep out birds and insects.

New for 2014

We are now building our cisterns using 100% heartwood, clear Western Red Cedar as opposed to knotty.  Also we have switched the thickness of our liners from 25 mil pvc to a much heavier 45 mil potable polyethylene liner that is drinking water safe.  This has increased the price of the cisterns but has resulted in substantial improvements to the product.


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

6500 gallons – 12 ft diameter x 8 ft high sides

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

Custom sizes available


They 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.
Superior strength construction, and that will last a lifetime. The Western Red Cedar will not deteriorate from UV radiation like plastic does.

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

Forest Lumber & Cooperage

2810 Ramsden Road
Otter Point
British Columbia
V9Z 0J9

1 (250) 642-4899


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