Eber’s water towers 2022

The leading trade journal in Sweden, VA-tidskriften Cirkulation has since 1998 an article series under the heading Ebers vattentorn (Eber’s water towers), where Eber Ohlsson with text and photo presents interesting water towers in the world (except Scania and Sweden). Below is a free translation to English of these texts.


Eber’s water towers in Cirkulation 1/2022

A free translation to English:

For the miners’ families to be able to wash their work clothes, a laundry room was built next to the new water tower in the small town of Potigny in French Normandy. The miners worked in the adjacent 1907 opened iron ore mine of Soumont-Saint-Quentin.

It was a 20 meter deep well that delivered the water to the community and the water tower. At the top of the tower, built in 1912, a windmill was installed for the water pumping. In 2004, after the mine was shut down in 1989, the municipality decided to restore towers and laundry facilities. These buildings are now beautifully illuminated in the evening.

Published 2022-02-09


Eber’s water towers in Cirkulation 2/2022

A free translation to English:

Chicago was said to be “Sweden’s second largest city” in 1900, because it was home to many immigrants from the old country. Especially in the Andersonville neighborhood in Chicago’s northern part lived many Swedish immigrants. This pattern that in the new country lives near their old compatriots is not uncommon today, irrespective of immigrant country. After one generation becomes this pattern although less accentuated.

On Andersonville commercial street N Clark Street can now be found both Swedish American Museum as one of the US so ordinary water towers on the roofs, painted with a yellow cross on a blue background.

Published 2022-03-16


Eber’s water towers in Cirkulation 3/2022

A free translation to English:

Rödelheim is today a district of German Frankfurt am Main, but was in 1899 when the water tower was built its own city. Civil engineer Max Hessemer designed and built the tower on his own account, but where the ground was made available to the city. Basalt bricks from a nearby quarry cover the 10 m high foot and slate covers the twelve-sided reservoir section.

The tower has a height of 51 meters and has two reservoirs totaling 380 m3. When Rödelheim was incorporated with Frankfurt in 1910 and connected to its pipe network, the tower was taken out of service. It has been on the list of protected buildings since 1972.

Published 2022-04-27


Eber’s water towers in Cirkulation 4/2022

A free translation to English:

Today, the water tower is often retrofitted with masts for ether communication, not least for mobile traffic, which has devastating effects on the water tower’s appearance. A tower, however, initially planned for both functions is in the Flemish city of Mechelen, a town halfway between Antwerp and Brussels.

The construction consists of a 120 m high cone-shaped hollow shaft in reinforced concrete, at the base 9.2 m wide and higher up 3.4 m. At the top there is a 20 m high mast in stainless steel. The reservoir, built on the ground, has a diameter of 40 m and accommodates 2,500 m3. Professor Fernand Mortelmans has designed the tower.

Published 2022-06-08


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