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Prospect Hill Reservoir
Prospect Hill Water Tower.jpg
Tower in image is pale-grey on the left.
Location East of Prospect Reservoir, Prospect, City of Blacktown, New South Wales, Australia
Elevation 116 metres (381 feet) ASL
Built 1934
Architect The Metropolitan Board of Water Supply and Sewerage
Architectural style(s) Egyptian Revival architecture
Owner Sydney Water; Water NSW
Official name: Prospect Hill Reservoir (Elevated)
Type State heritage
Designated 14 August 2000

Prospect Hill Reservoir, also known as Prospect water tower or water tower hill, is a heritage-listed water tower situated in the western suburbs of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Built in 1934, the tower is one of the few concrete elevated reservoirs in Sydney that features Egyptian-style doorways and serves the proximate suburban communities.

History

Prospect Water Tower
The water tower as seen from Reconcilliation Road.

A reservoir was built in 1915 near its site, but was then deconstructed in 1936. In 1957, another tower was built just right next to it, which is darker grey in colour and slightly taller. In the 1960s/1970s, a roof was installed on the water tower to support higher water quality. It was listed on August 2000 in the New South Wales Heritage Database.

Design

The tower is physically similar to Dural Reservoir (1938) and Berowra Reservoir (1939), all have stepped or tapered sides and doorways at the bottom and top with Egyptian inspired door-frames. The platform above of tower for the staircase, which leads to the top of the reservoir, has a steel frame. Features of the tower include davit, handrails and inlet and outlet valve chambers. The tower is supplied by pumping water from the main Prospect Reservoir.

Geography

The tower is situated within the Prospect Nature Reserve in Reservoir Road, just east of Prospect Reservoir, although it is inaccessible for the public. Surrounded by Australian bushland, it is one of the highest points of Prospect Hill and can be observed from Prospect Highway and other areas nearby, due to its steep, prominently elevated, edged location.

Aerial view of Prospect Reservoir
The pale grey water tower can be seen faintly at centre-right of this image, just front of Prospect Reservoir at a precipice.
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