Remove Trash from 1880s Cistern

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Remove Trash from 1880s Cistern

Postby oldhouse82 on Fri Dec 29, 2017 4:19 pm

Hey Guys,
I'm new to the forum and am currently neck deep in the remodel of my grandparents 1882 farmhouse in south Texas. The property has a below ground cistern (original to the house) which was filled with trash in the 80s. I want to remove the trash and start reusing the cistern (watering grass). However, the cistern is about 25 feet deep and has at least 10 feet of trash. Any suggestions on how to get it out? The cistern appears to be fairly stable and is concrete lined. I'm not sure (being a structural engineer) how comfortable I would be lowering someone in there.
Open for thoughts/opinions, thanks guys.
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