We lucked out. The weather held, and now our little pond is winterized - empty and clean. We call it the pond; it's a constructed stainless steel cattle trough that's sold in a range of sizes. The smallest of them can easily accomodate a balcony garden. Ours is laid out on a brick patio near the back porch, where over the summer it held Elephant Ears, Canna Lilies, hardy water lilies, Fairy Moss, and a prize Lotus. Before the season brought a hard freeze, these were removed and prepared for an indoors over-wintering. All that was really left in the pond were leaves that fell from nearby Pear and Maples trees, and some fertilizer that had leached from the planted containers into the pond water. We used a regular pond pump with an attached hose adaptor to pump the water out onto our grass. It took only 15 minutes for the pump to remove all the water. After that, all I had to do was rinse out the inside & dump out the leaves. The leafy debris went into the compost pile and nothing was wasted. The trough will sit empty until spring.