Water tower Kazimierz is an example of modern architecture which serves technical, exploratory and educational functions.
The construction started in January 2014 and lasted for 21 months. The inhabitants of the Island participated in the process by choosing the design in an internet vote.
The project was partially financed with the EU Cohesion Fund, as the part of the Infrastructure and Environment Operational Program.
Thanks to the construction of the tower and the waterworks which were part of the project, the Island has the access to the drinking water obtained from the groundwater aquifer. The problem with the water pressure, which had been the result of the Island’s location, was eliminated.
Interesting facts about the tower:
The capacity of the reservoir: 600 m3
Ordinate of the area: 20,5 meters ASL.
Builidng height: 30 m
Ordinate of the scenic viewpoint: 45 meters ASL, c.a. 10 meters above the highest trees
Height of the surrounding trees: max. 15 m
The tower was built with :
3300 m3 of concrete
130 tons of steel
5 km of cables
On the top of the building, there is a scenic viewpoint terrace, from which one can admire the view over the Tricity and its surroundings, and even see the Hel Peninsula, if the weather is right. However, it is not the only reason to visit the water tower “Kazimierz”.
On the ground floor of the tower, there is an interactive educational exhibition. It has been organized by the tower’s administrator. The exhibition features modern technology of drinking water access, and comprises of five parts: interactive mini version of water piping system, installation which explains how the water tower works, monitors with the view inside the reservoir, and 3D models of the tower (including a touchscreen app).
The exhibition, just like viewpoint terrace, is free of charge. However, earlier sign-up via the website http://www.giwk.pl/zbiornikwodykazimierz/zapisynawizyty.html or telephone +48 575 317 781 is required. Visiting the tower requires the presence of a guide and is available from Thursday to Sunday, from May to October, five times a day: at 9:00, 10:30, 12:00, 13:30 i 15:30.
The tour requires at least 10 people to be enlisted for a given time. The organizers inform the interested if the limit has been reached.