Water Towers - Landmarks for Putnam County, Ohio Villagesby Putnam Connection on 02/10/14
They come in different shapes, sizes and colors. They are one of the first things you see from a distance as you approach almost any Putnam County, Ohio village.
Water towers are distinguishing landmarks and help provide many Putnam County residents with their daily water needs. But do you know exactly how a water tower works?
While they are often massive in size, water towers are fairly simple devices. Basically, a water tower is a tank of water that has been elevated high above the ground. Water towers are tall so they can provide an adequate amount of pressure to all the homes and businesses they serve.
A water tower's tank is usually quite large. The size of the tank is typically sized to hold about one day's worth of water for the community it serves. If the community's water pumps fail for some reason, the water tower holds enough water to keep water flowing for about a day.
In most places, the drinking water comes from either a reservoir or well. The water is treated in a water treatment plant where clear and safe water is produced. Pumps pressurize the water and send it into the water system's feeder pipes.
The water tower is attached to the water system's feeder pipes. If the pumps are producing more water than is needed by the system, the excess water flows into the water tank tower. If the community is demanding more water than the pumps can supply, water flows out of the water tower to meet that demand.
While water towers are highly functional, many have also become elaborate forms of architecture and engineering. Here are a few examples of water towers that have also become visitor attractions:
Ear of Corn Water Tower in Rochester, Minnesota
Peach Water Tower in Gaffney, South Carolina
Water Towers in Kuwait