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The leading trade paper in Sweden VA-tidskriften Cirkulation has a series about water towers under the headline Ebers vattentorn (Eber's Water Towers). Here are the same pictures and texts (translated) of interesting water towers in the world except Scania and Sweden, as in the journal.

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Eber's Water Towers: Belgium

by Eber Ohlsson


Nr 3/2016
Bredene

Nr 4/2015
Namur

No 5/2007
Tienen

No 5/2006
Bierbeek

Cirkulation 3/2016

A free translation to English:

When it at home were introduced restrictions on water towers, such that they do not even get photographed, thoughts go easily to the old conclusion that if you get someone a security officer you also get problems with the security. It is then pleasing that in other countries it is still possible to visit these verticals.

Something you can do in the water tower in Bredene in Flanders in Belgium. The 50 m high tower from 1956 holds 800 m³ and with horizontal bands marks in the settlement. During the tourist season one can pay to get up the tower and get a view over the town, the nearby Oostende and the North Sea.

See Also:   Watertorens: West-Vlaanderen > Bredene

Cirkulation 3/2015

The Swedish word ”Ranka” can be translated to ”Rocker”, it means to sit and ride on someone's lap.

A free translation to English:

"Ride, ride Ranka - the horse is named Blanka" begins a popular nursery rhyme in the Nordic countries. How coming a water tower in this context? Well, in the Belgian city of Namur most prosperous area and high above the Walloon town stands a water tower from 1913, with a water reservoir of 110 m³. The street closest to the tower is called 'Avenue Blanche de Namur', and Blanche will translated to Swedish be Blanka.

Blanka in the nursery rhyme is 1300's king Magnus Eriksson's queen, who just came from Namur. The person that rode rocker was her son Håkan, who later became king of Norway. See what the clutch to a water tower, with views of the rivers Meuse and Sambre, can provide.

See Also:   Châteaux d'eau: Namur

Cirkulation 5/2007

A free translation to English:

The new water tower in Tienen, a town in the Flemish part of Belgium, has been build with the ambition to be an open construction in the landscape and not disturb or blockade the sight. For even if water is transparent, so is concrete not.

Architect Ortwin Deroo has drawn the 46 meter high white water tower, there one from the outlook platform on the top, get a good view over the surrounding. The halfway up located footbridge has got a dark grey colour in order to strengthen its function. The tower, that was finished 2001, is built in reinforced concrete and have room for two reservoirs, each on 500 m³.

See Also:   Watertoren: Vlaams Branbant > Tienen

Cirkulation 5/2006

The Swedish word “tankar” can mean both tanks and thoughts.

A free translation to English:


Some tanks/thoughts are global. It seems even to be valid for water-tanks/water-thoughts. When there are many spherical steel water towers in the world, the thought to paint the tank as a globe must spontaneous turn up at some persons, on more than one place on the globe. The Scanian place Bjärnum is one example; another is Bierbeek in the Belgian Flanders.

The 29 meter high water tower at Bierbeek, with a reservoir on 500 cubic meters, stood clear 1969. The year 1993 get it the global painting, which done the tower so well-known and popular, that it now has been the municipalities logo. A worth considering thought is that the tank till circa 70 percent is blue-painted, that part of the globe that is water.

See Also:   Watertorens: Vlaams Brabant > Bierbeek

See Also:   Vattentorn: Hässleholm > Bjärnum

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