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Report - Great Gaddeson Water Tower - June 2103

Discussion in 'Other Sites' started by Yorrick, Jun 11, 2013.

  1. Yorrick

    Yorrick 28DL Regular User
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    Quicklime and calcium hydroxide (hydrated lime) have been used to treat biological organic waste for more than 100 years.

    I won’t pretend to understand all of that, but I do know that lime is mixed with water and then mixed with sewage and then used as fertilizer.

    I think that’s what this contraption is for.


    It looks like water comes into the top tank then flows into the middle tank at a controlled rate.
    The weight of water causes the middle tank to swing back and forth.


    The swinging waggles a paddle in the third tank, stirring the lime to help it dissolve.
    It looks like the solution then just overflows into the big tank underneath.
    From the scale formed around all but the top tank, I would guess the lime is added to the middle one.


    A metal box and the unused lime.


    It sits on top of a 1,000 gallon water tank, just below the main tank at the top of this Victorian water tower.


    On the ground floor is this bench saw


    The tree canopy is higher than the tower, giving most of the lower area inside an interesting green tinge.





    A crows nest made a change from pigeon shit and the crows were sensible enough to piss off when I came up the ladder.


    A couple of miles away stands this. I haven’t found any history specific to either tower. My best guess would be the Victorian one was built around the 1880s and the new one replaced it in the 1970s.


    That was all guess work so if anyone’s got any other ideas I’d love to hear them. ​

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