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Sound Off: My 7-year-old-son has become very interested in the water towers he sees around town. How many are there in Lawrence? What is their average height and how much water do they typically hold?


Megan Gilliland, a spokeswoman for the city, provided this information: There are four water towers and three large water tanks within Lawrence. The towers have an average height of 122 feet; the shortest is Harper Street’s at 92 feet and the tallest, at Sixth and Kasold, is 146 feet. All the towers except Stoneridge can hold 500,000 gallons of water. Stoneridge can hold 1.5 million gallons. The tank at 19th Street and Kasold is 60 feet tall and the two on Oread Avenue are 30 feet tall. These last three tanks can hold at least a million gallons with the 19th and Kasold one holding 1,500,000 gallons and the smaller of the Oread Avenue tanks holding exactly 1 million gallons.


Clint Church

What are they for and how do you keep the water from getting nasty?

5 years, 10 months ago



Water towers are used to provide a constant pressure on the water system (40-60 PSI). Water is constantly removed by users and is pumped in, usually during off-peak power hours, to keep the level at an appropriate height.

5 years, 9 months ago


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