Seemingly obsolete and prehistoric, more than 15,000 water tanks have been constructed in New York City since the advent of the elevator and they continue to be constructed to this day. The City’s municipal water system can only provide sufficient water pressure to buildings at or below 6 stories. Buildings above 6 stories rely on the physics of water tanks to provide adequate water pressure for faucets, showers, and sprinkler systems. Dotting the city skyline, water tanks proudly stand as independent structures while also being connected to an invisible system of aqueducts and watersheds. They are the lynchpin of New York City’s municipal water system which is revered as being one of the freshest sources of tap water in the nation.
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