Eber’s water towers – Portugal

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 the Cirkulation 5/2008

A free translation to English:

In the town Faro on the Portuguese coast of Algarve are there two water towers that are so similar that they could be called twins. One tower is standing in the west and logic is the other tower standing in the east. The explanation of the distinctive tower design could be the allusion of the Moorish past period.

The towers supply together 220 m³ water per hour on average in the high zone of the town. The tower of the picture is built 1967 in a project under the management of engineer F. G. Burnay de Mendonça. The high reservoir has a volume of 1 000 m³, which is supplemented by a low reservoir of 4 600 m³ on the tower foundation.

Published 2009-08-20


Eber’s water towers in the Cirkulation 6/2000

A free translation to English:

A fastidious version of water tower is perhaps the first impression you get, when you see the water tower in the old hanseatic town Groningen in the north Netherlands. The tower that is standing in the yard in a central residential quarter represent a type of reservoir that is called a Barkhausen-reservoir after its originator, a professor in Hanover [Hannover].

The water tank has the form of a cylinder that downwards is transformed into a half sphere. The vertical struts are fastening in the transition between these geometrical forms. It is a simple type to manufacture and there are not either arising complicated powers of pressures.

The water tower in Groningen is built 1908 by A. Wilke & Co, Brunswick [Braunschweig] in Germany and is presumed to be designed by Carl Franke, Bremen. It is 45,3 metres high and was holding 1 000 m³ water, before it got out of operation about 20 years ago [2000].

Published 2000-10-04