Water Towers of New York City
The Water Towers on the rooftops are a constant on the New York City skyline. Pop Chart Lab has came with a poster presenting a curated selection of these unsung monuments.
This visual compendium arrays a curated selection of the city skyline’s From the rainbow-tiled tower in DUMBO to the twin-tank setup in Midtown East to the lime-tinged filtration-point in Richmond Hill, Queens, over two dozen industrial artefacts have been richly hand-illustrated here, highlighting the heterogeneity of these high-rising hydro-structures.
Rooftop water towers look like relics from a far past but millions of residents get their drinking water from the tanks every day. The tanks are part of a water system that originates at 19 protected lakes and reservoirs in upstate New York. City officials like to boast that the system provides the finest tap water of any city in the world.
Water tanks start being used in the late 1800s, because the city’s water mains provide only enough pressure to deliver water to the sixth floor of most buildings. Even today, the taller buildings use electric pumps to bring carry water to a spout at the top of the water tanks. Gravity does the rest of the job.
You can get this beautiful illustration here