The Water Tower

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Re: The Water Tower

Post by AndrewH » Fri Jul 21, 2017 7:42 pm

BEANY wrote:
Sun Aug 21, 2016 8:39 pm
The water tanks in the tower got their water from an artesian well in SHARPENHURST hill.
The black and white water level board on the top of SHARPENHURST could be seen from the foot of the watertower. Should the level become too low then a steam driven pump at the base of the tower helped the water up into the tanks.
This system made the school have a reasonably constant pressure.
The school also had it's own electrical generating plant.
Three steam engines drove dynamos (DC geberating machines)
I have their history ....manufacturers order number6388 dated july 1901.
I THINK we also had accumulator s battery bank which received a charge from the dynamos
so that they could be shut down at night..the school lighting then came off the battery bank.
There were several sets of pipes to and from the kitchens and buildings to the boiler house . ..
where the original swimming pool was.
I seem to remember being told that there was a bore hole near the swimming pool and that two places in the Horsham area tapped into that particular level, CH & K&B!
Andrew Harrison
Maine A 1970-73
Lamb A 1973-77

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