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Cranhill Water Tower

A prominent landmark at the junction of Bellrock Street and Skerryvore Road in the Cranhill district of E Glasgow, Cranhill Water Tower is located 3¾ miles (6 km) east of the city centre. One of several in this vicinity built in the 1950s to provide a sufficient head of drinking water to local homes, this tower is unusual because it is square (the others are circular) and because it is illuminated at night. Water is pumped from Loch Katrine into the tower and released into homes under the effects of gravity. An initial lighting scheme was illuminated in 1999 but turned off in 2002 due to rising costs. A new scheme was switched on by Lord Provost of Glasgow, Bob Winter, on the 17th March 2009 and comprises low-energy LED bulbs which cycle through different colours. The tower is owned by Scottish Water.


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