Overhead Water Tower Construction


overhead water tower construction

Water tower overhead construction can solve a number of water distribution challenges. A large tower provides adequate storage for potable water while ensuring that water pressure stays constant throughout the system. The tower is often accompanied by a pump to supplement the water pressure. Pumps are expensive to operate and must be properly sized for peak demands. A water tower also reduces electrical consumption and the need for a costly pump control system.


A standpipe system is an excellent solution for smaller communities or larger cities that do not need a large tower. This system takes advantage of gravitational forces and is similar to an elevated water tank. The water pumped to the top is treated and then pumped down to a central pipe to provide pressure and reserve storage. In some cases, these systems can reach up to 140 feet.

Water tower construction can also help during a power outage by serving as an emergency water supply. Because water towers use gravity to pressurize water pipes, they can provide water for a few hours without electricity. In addition to serving as a reservoir, water towers can also serve as fire-safety systems. Pumps in the tower can also keep water from freezing during cold weather.

Overhead water towers can be built from a reinforced concrete structure. This type of concrete structure can withstand large loads without additional bracing systems. A reinforced concrete tank should be designed with a non-braced column design to resist horizontal loads. Columns that are braced can create significant aesthetic and construction challenges.