I felt funny posting this picture, but it tells an important story. This tank was one of two in the attic of Hood River's first high school, on May Street. Water pressure in the Heights wasn't high enough for the high school's needs, so they had these tanks in the attic. We previously saw tanks at the Stranahan house nearby, along with a windmill to lift the water. I'm not sure how these tanks were filled.
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I have seen these in rural areas of Canada where there was no power. They were filled using a hand pump. A job for the kids.
Later, a generator was used.
L.E. on 31st July 2015 @ 9:45am
It reminds me of the pipeline we used to walk on down by the Powerdale plant on the Hood River.
Jeffrey Bryant on 31st July 2015 @ 10:58am
Seems to me one tank this size would have been sufficient, and it must have been a very well supported attic to contain them. I would guess they had a small supply that filled 24/7 to need two tanks.
Kenn on 31st July 2015 @ 12:32pm
What a tremendous amount of weight with a gallon weighing 8 lbs. Jeff Bryant, I agree, it looks like the size and same type of joiners as the old pipe down on the river. Strangely, someone is loosening and removing those joiners down on the Indian Creek Trail, necessitating someone coming along and replacing them with a different type just to keep the pipe together.
nels on 31st July 2015 @ 12:44pm
Do you think they collected rain water?
L.E. on 31st July 2015 @ 6:32pm
Wondering if that might be chlorine crystals in the bucket so that they could catch rain water and then add something?
nels on 1st August 2015 @ 10:06pm
Would guess that if their only problem was low water pressure, that they still used city water to fill the tank, and the volume of water in the tank to increase pressure. Collecting rainwater from a roof presents a whole new set of problems.
Buzz on 2nd August 2015 @ 6:40am
Volume of the tank doesn't matter, only the height above the tap point(s). It is the uphill pumping (filling) that creates teh energy expressed in the pressure.
guthrie on 3rd August 2015 @ 6:51am
Does anyone remember the gigantic wooden barrel down by the AGA and Webster Orchards packing houses ? It was at least two stories high.
Barbara Parsons on 18th November 2020 @ 7:31pm