Dakota Midday: Water Towers

Jul 31, 2015

It’s been about a year since Vermillion’s new water tower went into operation. The spheroid tank sits high above the town with Vermillion’s logo painted on the side. And just like in other communities across the state, it's one of the defining structures in the rather modest skyline.

Vermillion, SD water tower built in 2014
Credit Karl Gehrke SDPB

Even though water towers come in various shapes and sizes, they all work the same way. By using gravity, the elevated tanks provide enough pressure to deliver water to homes and businesses in the area.

The Brookings, SD engineering and architectural consulting firm Banner Associates helped design and build Vermillion's new water tower. Project manager Chad Bachman joined Dakota Midday and explained the physics and history of water towers.