Archive for the 'Fun Facts' Category

Life Before the Water Sphere – 1951

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

Where were you before the World’s Tallest Water Sphere existed? Since Union’s water tower was built in 1964, you would have to be at least 45 years old in the year 2009 to qualify. The map circa 1951 shown above (courtesy the New Jersey Division of Public Records) reveals all sorts of interesting facts about […]

Star Ledger Live Visits the World’s Tallest Water Sphere

Thursday, January 15th, 2009

Today the Star Ledger Live reporter Brian Donohue covers the World’s Tallest Water Sphere, this web site, and the WTWS Museum: Ledger Live: The World’s Tallest Water Sphere Click to¬† watch Ledger Live episode on YouTube

How Many Unions are in New Jersey?

Friday, February 1st, 2008

For many residents of New Jersey, this is a question that is taken for granted. Just as there are many Bobs in your classroom or Marys at your office, there are many Unions in New Jersey. When people mentions the World’s Tallest Water Sphere, it is taken for granted that we mean Union Township, west […]

How Water Towers Work

Sunday, July 15th, 2007

In case you are wondering why water towers are so tall, or why they so often are placed on hills, there is a great article written by Marshall Brain at “How Water Towers Work”. Not only do you get diagrams showing that the water goes inside the tower, you also see some photos of interesting […]

Street Views of the World’s Tallest Water Sphere

Thursday, May 31st, 2007

Google Maps now provides a service to see street views of places listed on the maps. Appropriately, the service is called Google Street views, and it is available via a new Street View button on the maps. Not every street has a street photo view, but of course we checked, and the WTWS is listed. […]

Google Sightseeing

Thursday, May 31st, 2007

One way to see the world without leaving your chair is to go Google Sightseeing. Using just a browser and an immense database of maps and aerial photography, one can virtually visit the world’s famous cities and landmarks, explore rivers and mountain ranges, see world heritage sites, or simply map out some vacation plans. One […]


Friday, February 2nd, 2007

Some coincidences are stranger than fiction, including this set of Water Sphere facts worthy of Ripley’s Believe It or Not! The World’s Tallest Water Sphere is located in Union Township, New Jersey. Less than one mile from the WTWS is Burnet Junior High School. Nearby is Burnet Avenue. Both of these landmarks are named after […]

World’s Tallest Water Sphere Named Best Date Spot

Tuesday, January 16th, 2007

Strange but true. The LoveLine Radio Show has named Union’s WTWS one of its best date spots. See the article in the archives section of Best Date Spots. “What could be cool or date-worthy about a water sphere? Well, for starters, you won’t find another larger one anywhere in the world. If that alone doesn’t […]

Union Records Logo

Thursday, May 18th, 2006

Here is a brief followup to our recent posting on our fan pop band The Characters. Note that their records are released on the prestigious Union Records label. If you look closely you will see that the Union Records logo contains a graphic image of the World’s Tallest Water Sphere shrouded by a celestial fantasm […]

United States Postage Increase

Saturday, January 7th, 2006

For our United States readers, do not forget that a 1 ounce first class postage stamp price will increase to 39 cents on Sunday 2006-01-08. You can create your own World’s Tallest Water Sphere stamps at Simply steal one of the beautiful World’s Tallest Water Sphere photos from this site, upload, pay, and you […]

Thomas A. Edison and the World’s Tallest Water Sphere

Sunday, December 11th, 2005

Is Thomas A. Edison connected to the World’s Tallest Water Sphere? Well, as far as I can tell, not directly. However, he did help design some concrete houses that were built by Charles Ingersoll in 1917. These historic houses are well cared-for and sitting nearly at the base of the World’s Tallest Water Sphere on […]

Grisly Find Near World’s Tallest Water Sphere

Thursday, December 1st, 2005

Trial defendant’s body found dead in trunk of car at Huck Finn Diner, 2 miles west of WTWS on Morris Avenue (Route 82). Star Ledger article

Have You Been Googled?

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2005

If you are a fan of Google Maps sightseeing, then you must surely like our reference in the Google New Jersey category . Thanks to all for helping to get the World’s Tallest Water Sphere listed, but let’s explain a few things: The blue blob at the center of the map is not the WTWS! […]

World’s Tallest Water Sphere Postage Stamps

Sunday, November 13th, 2005

Now available, one of the only Union, New Jersey stamps in existence, the World’s Tallest Water Sphere stamp. This stamp is good for 37 cents, the price of a 1 ounce first class letter in the United States. You may upload images of the World’s Tallest Water Sphere and print stamps at

Newark Star Ledger Report

Tuesday, October 18th, 2005

Robert Misseck, reporter for the Newark Star Ledger has alerted me to his 2003/09/05 article containing these facts: a 216 foot tower in Edmund Oklahoma is taller and holds more water, but technically that design is a water spheroid. Union’s Water Sphere is still the tallest true water sphere. Chicago Bridge and Iron also has […]

Facts About the World’s Tallest Water Sphere

Monday, October 10th, 2005

Erin Reilly, Corporate Communication / Government Affairs Representative of the Elizabethtown Water Company has sent me the following fun Union Water Sphere facts: 212 feet tall holds 250,000 gallons of well water built in 1964 by Chicago Bridge and Iron Industries last painted in 1994. 20 year paint life-expectancy drained and inspected every other year