During the industrial age, water towers were erected near factories and alongside railroad tracks. As well, towns and cities began to erect large towers for storing water. Water towers are still constructed today, but their design has changed remarkably.
During the 19th century, towns and cities often erected masonry towers. Many of these were quite decorative, such as the tower in the image on the left, while many were merely functional, like the tower on the right.
Very utilitarian water towers were constructed during the 19th century near factories and railroads. This type of tower seems to have persisted into the first part of the 20th century and were also erected to store water for towns and cities.
By the mid-20th century, large-scale water towers, as seen in the image below, were erected in towns and cities. This style was very common during the latter part of the 20th century.
The water tank seen in the image below is typical of the tanks constructed today.