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What purpose does a water tower serve?
« on: 06/04/2008 03:07:33 »
Yeah it holds water, but why do they have to put the water way up in the air? Is there some reason behind that?

Are the becoming more and more "extinct" because of reservoirs?
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« Reply #1 on: 06/04/2008 04:34:19 »
Reservoirs and water towers serve different purposes.  Water towers only store a relatively little water.

Th main purpose of water towers is to have a little local storage of water to smooth the flow of water, but most importantly, to maintain water pressure.  The reason the water towers are high up is to give the water some drop, in order to apply some pressure to the water to drive it through the pipes.
 

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« Reply #2 on: 06/04/2008 18:29:09 »
Demand tends to come in bursts. The water tower only needs the capacity to maintain pressure during these periods. The pumps can be less powerful and be working more continuously - actually costing less in electrical energy because peak electric power comes at a premium.
The analogue of the water tower is the smoothing capacitor in the output of  a dc power supply.
I heard that the wooden water towers / tanks on roofs in Manhattan were all made by the same company, which has (/had?) a monopoly. Can any locals put me right on that?
 

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« Reply #3 on: 06/04/2008 21:07:35 »
Ah thank you.

Now I've seen like three different kinds of water towers. What's the reason behind that?
 

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« Reply #4 on: 06/04/2008 21:29:44 »
There's only, basically, one type. The only two relevant factors are capacity and height. Except I was told that the ones in Manhattan are wooden so that some water gets through the skin and evaporates a bit (at great height) and provides some cooling.
 

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« Reply #5 on: 06/04/2008 22:30:50 »
If I ever come across the three again I'll be sure to take pictures, but they are defiently all completely different.
 

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« Reply #6 on: 07/04/2008 10:37:16 »
What would be different about them except capacity and height? Can you remember what struck you? There are, of course, a thousand different designs.
 

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« Reply #7 on: 07/04/2008 12:18:40 »
Well there's this old one that was just a lets see here..Can I explain later?
 

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« Reply #8 on: 07/04/2008 16:30:52 »
i think they're just different designs.  but all serve the same purpose.  (I think i know the three styles you're thinking of)
 

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« Reply #9 on: 19/04/2008 13:39:53 »


well i've nvere seen a one like that, so i hadda show it..that'd make it 4 differnt ones..once i go past the others
 

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« Reply #11 on: 19/04/2008 18:02:34 »
And the ones all over France?
 

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« Reply #12 on: 22/04/2008 13:02:20 »
Wow those are watertowers?
 

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