Water Tower Dramatic sky and clouds formations over New York City.
As New Yorkers reached for the skies in the 1800's, water towers became an intricate part of the buildings' framework. As buildings grew taller than 6 stories, the main water infrastructure couldn't handle the water pressure. Water towers were needed to move water safely to the 7th floor and above.
Using gravity to help supply the water pressure, water is fed to pipes throughout the building, providing water for everyday use like showers and drinking, as well as extinguishing a fire.