‘Water Distribution’ Tag

Fire Hydrant Drinking Fountain

Photo Credit: Jessie Benaglio

The University of Michigan has configured a system to allow those passing by the central campus Diag to use the water from the fire hydrant. They have set up a filter to clean the water from the ground within the pipe of the fire hydrant and attached a drinking fountain and faucet attachment to access the water.

Water Towers on Building

Photo Credit: Alex Mead

Seen here are two water towers on top of an abandoned factory in Detroit, Michigan. Water towers are used to input pressure, or head, into a water distribution system. Water towers are particularly good at this because water can be pumped up at an off demand time on the water distribution system and then retrieved by simply opening a valve when demand is high to ensure that water pressure in the system doesn’t fall too low. This is especially important for events such as fires where firemen draw large amounts of water from the system in a relatively short time. These water towers, however, were most likely used in a process involved in the factory, not for an entire city’s distribution system.

Water Tower

Photo Credit: Karl Jansen

Pictured here is a water tower located on the northside of Ann Arbor, MI. Water towers can be seen all over the world. The purpose of a water tower is to store water needed for the residents of the municipality that operates the tower. Usually located in a higher elevation in the area, this allows gravity to do the work in the municipality’s water distribution system.

Operational Fire Hydrant

Photo Credit: Alex Mead

Seen above is a fire hydrant dispelling what we all hope is there; water. A comforting feeling seems to come when we actually see that water does in fact come out of these commonly overlooked pieces of the built environment. Civil engineers have spent over a century constructing the infrastructure that makes fire hydrants such as this one work. Today this work continues as civil engineers of today strive to update our infrastructure to ever increasing standards of excellence.

Frozen Fire Hydrant

Photo Credit: Alex Mead

Above is an example of the harsh conditions civil infrastructure must endure in northern states and places where long winter climates are a fact of life. As you can see the entire outside of this fire hydrant is covered in a layer ice! Ice is incredibly strong at prying apart seems, spreading cracks, and generally reeking havoc on anything man made. Any civil engineering infrastructure that is designed for northern climates must be made to handle forces such as those presented by ice.