Day 223 – Water Tower in Sanford FL
Ok, this is totally random but kind of curious. This water tower in Sanford really may not be anything special but it kind of reminded me of the fact that I wasn’t aware of water towers before I moved to the US. So I did a little research what those towers are good for anyway. Here’s Wikipedia’s definition:
A water tower or elevated water tower is a large elevated water storage container constructed for the purpose of holding a water supply at a height sufficient to pressurize a water distribution system. Pressurization occurs through the elevation of water; for every 10.20 centimetres (4.016 in) of elevation, it produces 1 kilopascal (0.145 psi) of pressure. 30 m (98.43 ft) of elevation produces roughly 300 kPa (43.511 psi), which is enough pressure to operate and provide for most domestic water pressure and distribution system requirements.
Then I googled around a bit more and found out that we actually have water towers in Germany too! I just wasn’t aware of them ever, also because they really don’t look like it. In fact, all the ones I found online look like they must have been built about 100 years ago. Anyway, here is a picture borrowed from a German guy who has made it his project to photograph water towers from all over the world! This is his water tower web site.