New York Water tanks - bet you have not spotted them!
‘Like many of the fixtures within New York City’s infrastructure, many of us see water tanks dotting rooftops, but have little idea of their specific uses and upkeep. Although they often look defunct, water tanks are still an essential part of the city’s day-to-day needs. These tanks are responsible for providing drinking and bathing water to residential buildings across the city and are a major piece of our city’s sanitation efforts.
In fact there are between 10,000 and 15,000 functioning water tanks throughout the city, each of which is located on a residential building of six stories or more. In the early 20th century, as the city’s population expanded and building engineering improved, apartment buildings grew in height and number, thereby necessitating the use of rooftop water tanks. Although building heights and population stats have continued to grow over the years, the use of rooftop water tanks is still the most efficient and practical way to provide water to residents.
Each of these tanks is hooked up to a water pipe in the building, and, similar to a toilet, when water in the tank does down, a device signals the water level is low. Then, like magic, an electric pump kicks in, pushing water up to refill the tank.’ Text by One Block Over #watertanks #newyorkfacts #newyorktrivia #lookingup #architecture #trivialovers #streetphotography #travellersnotebook #ig_travel #ig_newyork #ig_facts #ig_architecture #instaarchitecture #instastories #instafacts