Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Question #1 Answered

Hi Boyfriend,

My question is about the water tanks/towers that are the landmarks of so many small towns and communities. Do they actually have water in them and if so, is it back-up water for the tow or some kind of engineering/pressure tool thing?

Kind regards,


Municipal water towers are quite elegantly engineered devices designed to provide water to a town or township in the event of catastrophic failure of the primary water delivery system. They hold approximately one day's worth of water for the given area and are at great height in order to deliver said water at normal pressure.


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Anonymous Josephine said...

Thanks Boyfriend! You're awesome!

3:38 PM  
Anonymous Murchie said...

An at least secondary role is to allow the use of 1) off-peak electricity and 2) a relatively small pump for water pumping. That is, the pump can have a design capacity and matched to (about 1/2) the actual town's needs (by only needing to produce the 24 -- hour integral of the town's demands.) and run at night when for a variety of reasons electricity is significantly less expensive.

7:15 PM  

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