Eber’s water towers – Spain

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 7/2005

A free translation to English:

There is usually sparring with water towers of the greatest distinction on the Vulcan islands, because the topography here gives good preferences to the alternative of ground reservoirs. One exception that confirms the rule is standing in Santa Cruz on the Tenerife Island. Here is a big oil refinery situated, the oldest in Spain, with a very common standard steel water tower.

The question is if the function of the water tower nowadays is the primary, there it is standing on the approach of the motorway to the city. It has probably more the function of sign stand to the big oil company CEPSA that here present both time and temperature in digital form, but probably never need to present minus degrees.

Published 2005-11-02


Eber’s water towers in the Cirkulation 2/2004

The Swedish word ”tanken” has various meaning, both ”the tank” and ”the thought”.

A free translation to English:

The water company of Madrid, Canal de Isabel II, named after a Spanish queen of the 1800s, has a magnificent water tower close to its headquarter. The 36 meter high tower with a dome-shaped zinc roof and a generous use of brick is designed by engineer Martín y Montalvo. The 12-side tower, with a steel reservoir on 1 500 m³, was built 1908-11 and was in duty until 1952.

After a decision 1985, was the tower restored and rebuilt to galleries. Now is here often photo exhibitions and on inside the white painted walls of the steel-reservoir is there showed multislide presentations and you can get by that experience in the thought/ the reservoir.

Published 2004-03-17