Water Tower

G.A._Rushing's picture

This is a hypothetical water tower that could belong to any city in the U.S. Normally, a water tower belongs to a particular water district and may have a sign painted on it that reads, "City of Riverside Water District," or "Riverside County Water District," or whatever city or county government is responsible for it. This one just reads, "Water District," as a generic, fill-in-the-blank stand-in for any actual water tower.

I wasn't aiming for realism here, so the lights and shadows aren't accurate, nor is it realistically detailed. For example, the bolts that fasten the flanged sockets at the bases of the columns are all positioned the same way. None are turned in a final stopping position that varies from the others. The sign is not curved perfectly around the curvature of the tank, so there is a slight gap between it and the tank, which allows for a faint shadow between some of the letters and the tank.

There are no visible valves, nor any visible pumps. All hydraulic equipment is contained in the hollow, cone-shaped housing that the pipeline runs through to the local water supply. It is operated automatically by remote sensors, and there are also manual overrides. The door to the housing is in the back so that it is not visible in the picture.

A water tower like this may be in a posh neighborhood such as Beverly Hills or Brentwood in California. That is why the catwalk at the base of the tank is larger and more spacious than is usually the case. The columns are only for supporting the catwalk. The fencework in front of the foundation is merely decorative, made of painted metal frames topped with oak rails. The water tower is encompassed by a lush, green lawn, so it could be on the grounds of a country club or vacation resort. It could also use a bit of mowing.

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Draise's picture

I like the bolts at the bottom. They are huge!

-Draise