Author Topic: Water Towers  (Read 7789 times)

Mr Larrington

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Re: Water Towers
« Reply #50 on: September 07, 2016, 02:18:49 am »

P9060378 by Mr Larrington, on Flickr

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Mr Larrington

  • A bit ov a lyv wyr by slof standirds
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Re: Water Towers
« Reply #51 on: September 20, 2016, 01:42:34 am »

P9190383 by Mr Larrington, on Flickr.  Idaho Falls ID.  Has a waterfall and a bridge too!
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Andrij

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Re: Water Towers
« Reply #52 on: October 17, 2016, 01:51:33 am »

DSC_0951.NEF by Andrij, on Flickr
Walnut Creek, Ohio
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Re: Water Towers
« Reply #53 on: October 17, 2016, 12:40:56 pm »
Looks like I may be about to be involved in a project to decommission a water tower,  :'( I won't say which until the project is confirmed and announced publicly as the tower in question is likely to be a local landmark.

Samuel D

Re: Water Towers
« Reply #54 on: October 17, 2016, 12:42:21 pm »
Do you know why, generally speaking, water towers have fallen out of favour? The principle – reducing the maximum pumping capacity required to service peak demand – seems sound.

Re: Water Towers
« Reply #55 on: October 17, 2016, 12:52:58 pm »
IMHO The improved efficiency of variable speed pumps and improved telemetry.

Historically pumps were either on or off and pumped a set volume. Water towers provide a small reservoir at height to ensure the mains pressure is appropriate and when the level reaches a set point the pumps come on to refill the tower / meet the instantaneous demand that was causing the tower level to drop. Pumping power to meet full demand was therefore always there unless like the American ones shown above they are huge. Their main purpose was to ensure the pressure to meet small demands e.g. overnight which are too small for it to be desirable to require the pumps to run and when the pumps did run there was sufficient volume to fill that they would run for a sensible amount of time.

Now you can sit a booster pump at the low level reservoir and a pressure gauge in the network and the pump can run slowly to meet a trickling demand and then step up at 7am when everyone gets up and has their morning shower.

The other killer is maintaining towers that in the UK are often designed to obscure their purpose, so ornate, and are now quite old. As the tower has to be able to vent air in and out as it empties/fills they also present a point at which contamination can occur, pity the poor sod who has to climb out on the top to ensure the vent is both clear and the cover in place.

TimC

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Re: Water Towers
« Reply #56 on: October 18, 2016, 06:52:20 am »
This one is on a US navy base on Andros Island in the Bahamas.

tower by Joe.Audax, on Flickr

Water tower by Joe.Audax, on Flickr 

I've been there!

Mr Larrington

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Re: Water Towers
« Reply #57 on: September 02, 2017, 11:42:49 pm »

P9020228 by Mr Larrington, on Flickr

Chamberlain, South Dakota
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Bluebottle

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Re: Water Towers
« Reply #58 on: September 10, 2017, 07:36:04 pm »
All of which (particulalry Northern French) lovliness reminds me of the twitter feed of Brutalist Stilgoe. He never mentioned any of this when he was on Countdown...
Dieu, je vous soupçonne d'être un intellectuel de gauche.

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Mr Larrington

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Re: Water Towers
« Reply #59 on: September 20, 2017, 03:26:32 am »

P9190065 by Mr Larrington, on Flickr

Dinuba CA.  I hope those black dots are birds, otherwise there's something deeply wrong with the camera.
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Mr Larrington

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Re: Water Towers
« Reply #60 on: September 25, 2017, 01:35:16 am »

P9240250 by Mr Larrington, on Flickr

Deming NM
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Jayjay

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Re: Water Towers
« Reply #61 on: July 02, 2018, 08:41:32 pm »
I haven't had a decent photo to show here before, this one comes from my recent (and first ever!) cycle trip abroad. Yes I was drying socks on the flag post.

Oostburg water tower by John Jackson, on Flickr

Have a closer look, click the pic to Flickr for a closer view and click the pic again to enlarge:

Oostburg water tower by John Jackson, on Flickr

Re: Water Towers
« Reply #62 on: July 04, 2018, 07:24:39 am »
Is this ^^ a combo water tower / light house?

A

Samuel D

Re: Water Towers
« Reply #63 on: July 04, 2018, 08:04:46 am »
Or just a viewing platform? In Nykarleby, Finland (not far from where I was born) there is a large water tower with a restaurant and observation deck at the top. They even had a few binoculars lying on the windowsills in the 1990s, although those were gone the last time I was there.

Jayjay

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Re: Water Towers
« Reply #64 on: July 10, 2018, 10:29:15 pm »
Observation point I think.

Blodwyn Pig

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Re: Water Towers
« Reply #65 on: August 13, 2018, 06:12:55 pm »
IMG_0174 by mark tilley, on Flickr

Broadstairs

Andrij

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Re: Water Towers
« Reply #66 on: September 14, 2018, 04:16:17 am »
Strongsville, Ohio

P1040769 by Andrij, on Flickr

Hamburg, Deutschland New York

P1040681 by Andrij, on Flickr

Multiple towers, leaving JFK Airport (click link to embiggen)

20180904_160302 by Andrij, on Flickr
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Blodwyn Pig

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Re: Water Towers
« Reply #67 on: September 30, 2018, 07:43:18 pm »
IMG_0298 by mark tilley, on Flickr



ok, for 10 points, who can tell me where this famous landmark is!?????????????