Bastia Hill Water Tower
Fabulous Architecture From 1927
It may not be as popular as its flashy cousin – The War Memorial Tower – over on Durie Hill, but the Bastia Hill Water Tower is another part of Whanganui’s heritage worth checking out…
Designed to reflect the arched aqueducts and towers of the water supply networks of ancient Rome, the tower was built in 1927 to service both Bastia and Durie Hill. There are three floors – not only for access – but also to stop the outer columns from bowing outwards under the weight of the water in the top tank, because 2000 tonnes of water is fairly heavy!
With the large Christmas star which can be seen at night throughout much of the city, it is a bit more ‘bling-bling’ than the Durie tower.
Building began in late 1925, and finished mid-April in 1927. The Bastia Hill Water Tower cost of £22,900. The tank was supplied with an automatic electric pump station, previously drawing water from the town supply. The dome’s purpose was to protect the water from the sun, and prevent “wobbling” of the tower’s secondary columns from potential wind gusts. The water tower received a thorough maintenance check-up and concrete refurbishment in the 1990s.
Note that the tower is NOT open to the public, but closer viewing can be had from walking or driving up Georgetti Road. Bastia Hill was named by an early settler, Mr Augustine Georgetti who originally came from the town of Bastia on the island of Corsica. Now the tower remains a significant landmark for Whanganui and carries telecommunications equipment.
In pre-European times Bastia Hill was the site of a large fortified pa, Taumahaaute.
Bastia hill water tower
Rome Sweet Rome
Designed to reflect the arched aqueducts and towers of the water supply networks of ancient Rome.
A Big Tank
The tank holds 546,000 litres of water, and weighs 2000 tonnes when full.
The large dome which covers the tank was assembled on the ground and lifted up with electric hoists.
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