a compendium of elevated water storage structures
My interest in water towers dates back to around 1960, when I was a kid in Seattle.
I remember my dad pointing to a white oval concrete tank with legs and telling us kids it was a "Texas Water Tower".
We stared in awe, wondering about a land where water towers looked like flying saucers.
My interest was rekindled recently when I moved from Dallas to McKinney, Texas.
Instead of the glass and steel skyscrapers of downtown Dallas, my landmarks are dozens of water towers dotting the prairies of Collin County.
I started going nuts trying to find them all.
Here are a few photos from fans of water towers.
Site maintained by Marcia Cirillo
Last updated October 15, 2007
Right now I have photos from just a few states
(send me more!)
some water tower-related terms:
Tin Man -- the Classic Water Tower, "old time" metal tank of plates riveted together with a funnel-like "tin man hat"
Multi-Column Tank -- post-WWII tank of welded steel, almost round, often with four legs and a catwalk surrounding the tank
Geospheroid -- metal tank looks like a golfball on a tee
Hydropillar or Hydroped -- mushroom-like tower usually all-steel, all-welded with large-diameter center support column,
often with vertical flutes. The pedestal's interior can be configured to be used as offices, for storage,
or as a pump or fire-station. Smaller Hydropillars may be shaped like a wine glass
Composite -- similar to hydropillar but tank is of steel and pedestal is made of concrete
Waterspheroids - another golfball-on-a-tee develeoped by CBI in 1954 similar to its Watersphere tank
Standpipe -- a ground-level storage tank taller than it is wide
Reservoir -- a ground-level storage tank wider than it is tall
Torospheroid or Toropillar - what I think of as a "Texas" water tower or "mother ship", elevated steel tank with many legs
Double Ellipsoid - elevated steel tank with legs
Pedestal Spheroid - a hydropillar
How Water Towers Work
Thanks to John Cirillo, Sonya Cirillo, and David Aldred for their contributions
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