Water supply gallery

The Water Tower is a feature of Invercargill's history and its architectural landscape. Invercargill's four reservoirs have a capacity of 65,000 cubic metres and Bluff's two reservoirs hold a total of 5,300 cubic metres.

Apart from the city and Bluff the system also serves industries between the two centres. The building next to the tower contains switch gear for pumps. It also houses the staff who monitor the water and drainage service and who maintain the Council's after-hours service.

In mid-February 2012 public admission to the tower was stopped – at least temporarily – to enable Council to consider the safety risk the building would pose in the event of an earthquake.

Water Manager Alister Murray said heightened awareness and concern about the impact of an earthquake on unreinforced masonry structures had led to the tower being closed to the public in the meantime. It was a precautionary measure with public safety being the main consideration.

Photos: John Leask