Above New York’s glamour and ingenuity, sit wooden water tanks - a historic reminder of water preservation. Our water tanks signify an era of water rationing. They were constructed for common emergencies of drought caused by transportation hardships, overuse, rain inconsistencies or pollution.
The earliest water tanks in New York City were constructed in the late 1800’s. As the 19th century concluded, New York City made it mandatory for all buildings six stories and higher to be equipped with a water tower on its rooftop.