Eber’s water towers 2023

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 1/2023

A free translation to English:

In Gütersloh, a city in German North Rhine-Westphalia, the Prussian state railways built a 30 m high water tower in 1917 in reinforced concrete with a reservoir of 285 m3 to supply the steam locomotive with water. Next to the tower was the household appliance manufacturer Miele’s factory.

When the steam locomotives and the need for water disappeared for the railways in the 1950s and Miele’s factory simultaneously grew and enclosed the water tower, Miele leased the tower and water rights in 1959. They bought it in 2013, restored it for EUR 250,000 and repainted the tower in its colors, red and white. The water tower is now marked as a cultural monument.

Published 2023-02-08

Eber’s water towers in Cirkulation 2/2023

A free translation to English:

The reservoir part of the spherical water tower has a shape that makes them attractive to imitate berries and fruits. This applies not least to the steel water tower, which, apart from access, has easily painted surfaces. A small town that has adopt this is Poteet in southern Texas, 80 km south of San Antonio.

As Poteet calls itself the Texas strawberry capital, the reservoir part of the city’s water tower has been painted like a strawberry, with green petals on the top of the tower. A water tower that is 40 meters high. A strawberry festival is organized every year, which takes place in April, indicating the city’s southern location.

Published 2023-02-08

Eber’s water towers in Cirkulation 3/2023

A free translation to English:

In the military-politically important city of Metz in Lorraine, Germany, at the beginning of the last century, the Germans built a magnificent railway station with an associated water tower on the old Vauban fortifications. As Metz was only 17 km from the French border, the city was marked by the military, where the water tower would solve the water supply to both steam locomotives and the military’s horses during the troop movements.

The 38-meter-high water tower, designed in neo-Romanesque style by Kröger in Berlin and built in 1907-08, had a reservoir of 300 m3. In 1919, the city became French and the capital of the Lorraine region.

Published 2023-04-19

Eber’s water towers in Cirkulation 4/2023

A free translation to English:

Many cities in Industrial Revolution Britain grew very large, an expansion that required large-scale water supplies. If there were no good water sources in the immediate area, you had to look further afield. Liverpool then had to take their water from the 130 km away situated Lake Vyrnwy in Wales.

In the suburb of Runcorn, upstream from Liverpool and south of the River Mersey, a red sandstone water tower, 30 m high with a diameter of 25 m and with a cast iron reservoir of 3,000 m3, was built in 1888-92 as part of the pipeline. It was designed by George F. Deacon and has a frieze with a Latin inscription.

Published 2023-05-31

Eber’s water towers in Cirkulation 5/2023

A free translation to English:

In the Dutch town of Schoonhoven, located between Utrecht and Rotterdam, was there built in 1901 a 50 m high engine house and water tower designed by architect F A de Jongh in Dutch renaissance style. The lower house is cross-shaped, and there are at ground level an engine room, and above it a machinist residence.

There above is there an octagonal tower having a reservoir of 150 m3. The tower was operational until 1982, and then sold to a foundation which restored the tower. The building now houses two silver smithies. For the price of the Dutch currency one guilder, as the foundation gave, became there a lot of silver.

Published 2023-08-30

Eber’s water towers in Cirkulation 6/2023

A free translation to English:

When building new adjacent to older buildings, the architecture of the new building is usually adapted to the old one. The water tower in the city of Rastatt in southwestern Germany, close to the Rhine River, with its architecture is adapted to the city, the Baroque castle and the adjacent Pagodenburg mini-castle.

The water tower from 1901, which is 47 meters high and has an Intze reservoir of 670 m3, was designed by architect Professor Friedrich Ratzel. He put a great deal of energy into designing the roof, which came to be one-third the height of the building. The tower got at the bottom of an extension from 1953, cafe and restaurant business.

Published 2023-10-11

Eber’s water towers in Cirkulation 7/2023

A free translation to English:

Although brick water towers is not so common in the United States, do they exist. One such beautiful tower stands in Eden Park in the city of Cincinnati, located in the southwest part of the state of Ohio. A tower that stands on the edge of the winding valley of the Ohio River, making the city the most beautiful inland city in the United States, according to Churchill.

The 52-meter-high tower, designed by Samuel Hannaford & Sons in the Neo-Romanesque style, with a cylindrical reservoir and an adjoining higher octagonal tower, was built in 1894 and was in operation until 1912, when it was given a new function. It is now designated as a national historical attraction.

Published 2023-11-08

Eber’s water towers in Cirkulation 8/2023

A free translation to English:

The small river Mølleåen north of Copenhagen is Denmark’s industrial cradle, and since 2007 a ​​national industrial memory. At one of the small river’s dams was created Brede Værk, where there the first 200 years was carried on copper processing and then in 124 years textile production.

Textiles fires can be extinguished quickly and automatically with a sprinkler system in combination with the extinguishing agent water. Denmark’s first sprinkler system from 1894 was at Brede Værk linked to two water tanks on top of the highest building, where a tower clock painted on the outside shows eternal time. Brede Værk now belongs to the National Museum, which has a museum branch here.

Published 2023-12-13