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Post by Rubia on Sat Feb 07, 2015 1:03 pm

We live in Ixtla, and have had recent water shortages which led Everest to go peek in. It has algae in it. Driven by the power of suggestion, now all I can taste is swamp water. Who does this kind of work and how exactly do they do it? Ours is close to ground level, round white plastic and probably 6' by 6' with a screw on lid about a foot in diameter.

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Post by RVGRINGO on Sat Feb 07, 2015 3:56 pm

Usually, they are on the roof and receive water from the street supply, or from your aljibe (cistern) through a pump. Water is then supplied to your faucets by gravity. Otherwise, they would require a pressure pump to supply your household needs.
That leads me to wonder how yours is plumbed; or if it is just there for emergency storage. Since it is white, light can get through to stimulate the growth of algae, supporting photosynthesis. It won‘t hurt you, but you might want to chlorinate the water for other reasons, if you intend to drink it.

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Post by sparks on Sat Feb 07, 2015 7:43 pm

Has to have an opening larger than 12" because someone has to get in and clean it (empty). ground level or below should be a cistern and on you roof should be a tinaco. You can always add a little Cloro but that is not a solution for your situation
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Post by Intercasa on Sat Feb 07, 2015 11:46 pm

If your tinaco is really old then consider buying a new one that is larger, will help out for water shortages and dropping a chlorine tab in your aljibe will help with the algae.

You probably have an aljibe as well so clean that out, usually street water goes to aljibe (cistern) and then gets pumped to tinaco which gravity feeds house.
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Post by Rubia on Sun Feb 08, 2015 8:18 am

The tinaco is gynourmous and probably 6-7 years old. Who am I going to call to clean it-that is the million dollar question....tinker, tailor, candlestick maker? Who does that kind of work?

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Post by CanuckBob on Sun Feb 08, 2015 8:32 am

Do a search on Aljibe Cleaner. There are a few threads on here with recommendations.
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Post by sparks on Sun Feb 08, 2015 8:39 am

A neighborhood teenager has done mine twice with our help. It's not rocket science but watch using Cloro in a confined space
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Post by Rubia on Sun Feb 08, 2015 8:56 am

Thanks, CB. Did not know an aljibe cleaner did the same work as a tinaco guy. Can't wait to see how they do it.

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Post by Rubia on Thu Feb 19, 2015 9:35 am

I called Abraham Dorado (CB's recommendation for aljibe cleaning) last week.  He scheduled me out 10 days, citing a full schedule.  He was in contact with me twice between my initial email and today.  He came on time, on the correct day and found my house in Ixtla with no problema.  He came fully equipped with a pressure washer and a pump. Thanks to the hive for the recommend-worked out great.


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Post by Pedro on Thu Feb 19, 2015 11:53 am

no more green water eh!
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