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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

wa′ter tow`er(n.)

  1. a hollow vertical structure into which water is pumped high enough to maintain pressure required for firefighting, distribution, etc.

    Category: Civil Engineering

  2. a fire-extinguishing apparatus for throwing a stream of water on the upper parts of a tall burning building.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. water tower(noun)

    a large reservoir for water

Wiktionary

  1. water tower(Noun)

    A large tank of water, in an elevated position, acting as a local reservoir; water is pumped into the tank and fed by gravity to the consumers.

  2. water tower(Noun)

    A large metal pipe made to be extended vertically by sections, and used for discharging water upon burning buildings.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Water tower

    a large metal pipe made to be extended vertically by sections, and used for discharging water upon burning buildings

Freebase

  1. Water tower

    A water tower is an elevated structure supporting a water tank constructed at a height sufficient to pressurize a water supply system for the distribution of potable water, and to provide emergency storage for fire protection. In some places, the term standpipe is used interchangeably to refer to a water tower, especially one with tall and narrow proportions. Water towers often operate in conjunction with underground or surface service reservoirs, which store treated water close to where it will be used. Other types of water towers may only store raw water for fire protection or industrial purposes, and may not necessarily be connected to a public water supply. Water towers are able to supply water even during power outages, because they rely on hydrostatic pressure produced by elevation of water to push the water into domestic and industrial water distribution systems; however, they cannot supply the water for a long time without power, because a pump is typically required to refill the tower. A water tower also serves as a reservoir to help with water needs during peak usage times. The water level in the tower typically falls during the peak usage hours of the day, and then a pump fills it back up during the night. This process also keeps the water from freezing in cold weather, since the tower is constantly being drained and refilled.

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