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Dead Possum in Rainwater Tank

Updated: Dec 5, 2022

I was called out to a job this week, as the customer had noticed their tank drinking water had started to smell and taste off.

Unfortunately, for a rather large furry marsupial, he met his death by treading onto a broken cover, plunging into the rainwater tank and drowning.

Needless to say, I nearly met my death too, falling backwards off the ladder from the putrid smell upon opening up to look inside the tank.

This poor fella was made a meal of with thousands of maggots of all sizes frantically claiming a piece from his rotting flesh. The bones were clearly visible as the meat and fur were just falling off the bone like a slow cooked lamb shank. This was anything but a comparison to a delicious Sunday lunch.

It's important to cover all entry and exit points to rainwater tank.  This possum found it's way in and died, contaminating the water. Alex, a water tank cleaning profession on the Sunshine Coast had to remove it and all the water before cleaning the tank.
Dead animal in rainwater tank

The sediment was layered thick on the tank floor due to the increase in bacteria being produced from this corpse.

For most people harvesting their water from the rain, things like this often go unnoticed until it's too late and the water becomes contaminated. But we are called out daily for these sorts of jobs.

There are a few simple checks that should to be done regularly to ensure that you are capturing the very best water possible.

SPARKLiNG Water Tanks can help you, and offer free quotes and happy to discuss maintenance plans with you to ensure your drinking water is SPARKLiNG clean.

For more information, give us a call and our friendly team will be happy to assist you on 0405 396 159 or email us at

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May 31, 2023

Holy Moly

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