Water Storage? You Have Got To See This!
One of the most basic necessities of life is our need to drink water. The world's population explosion has meant a grid of pipleline running around the world that gets water out to every home. In order to create pressure, water is pumped into a tower and stored for regular use. In an off the grid solution, we make a small version of this for each single home in order to have water pressure without the use of an electric pump, and without dependency upon the system for our water.
Some of the examples below show us the engineering creativity in designing water towers, and the limitless possibilities that people come up with for something as simple as water storage. Others show us how old towers out of use have been rediscovered by builders, architects, and designers to turn them from what they were into a new use or purpose as a home, a restaurant, a hotel, or ????
May your dreams be inspired, and your ideas come to reality as you work your way through this post...
The Dole "pineapple" water tower was one of the distinguishing landmarks on the Honolulu cityscape for more than 60 years. Standing more than a hundred feet tall, including the office building it was attached to, it was one of the tallest structures on Oahu prior to World War II.
Designed and erected in 1927, it held 100,000 gallons of water and weighed 30 tons. It was better known than the "peach" water towers of Clanton, Ala., and Gaffney, S.C.; than the giant Brooks Foods ketchup-bottle water tower of Cillinsville, Ill.; even better known than the Libby Foods ear-of-corn water tower in Rochester, Minn. .... continued
As any modern day developer knows, location is important. But once the prospective buyer decides on the location, what is going to get them to decide on his project? The Riverside Improvement Company headed by E.E. Childs, used design and technology to sell lots in their new project along the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy railroad. Designed in 1869 by William LeBaron Jenney, the young military engineer Olmsted had met at the siege of Vicksburg during the Civil War. The Riverside Water Tower was a technological marvel of steam driven pumps providing a safe, reliable water supply to village residents. The water tower served as a beautifully designed advertising piece, calling attention to the passengers on the trains stopping at the station, that something special and different was growing here along the Des Plaines River. The tower also provided an observation platform from which lots could be sold by taking prospective purchasers up and showing them how their new house could be situated in relation to the City of Chicago visible to the east.
Located near the center of the planned development, the Riverside Water Tower was one of the very first projects undertaken by the founding Riverside Improvement Company. The design and construction of a central water tower would ensure a clean, adequate water supply for the new community. Prior to construction of the tower, the community had depended on a central wooden water tank, the water piped through wooden mains from a well in the northern part of the village, and water was carried by residents from the tank to their home. As the Riverside Improvement Company’s Description of Riverside states, the new water tower was built “to insure an abundant supply of water to every dwelling in this elegant suburb”.... continuation of the story