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Houston's old water reservoir opens for tours
Houston’s Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern opened to the public in May and half-hour guided tours of the old underground water reservoir are offered for only US$2. Built in 1926, the 8000-square-metre industrial space served as the city’s main source of drinking water for decades — until it sprung an irreparable leak. Today, there are five to eight centimetres of water on the cistern’s floor, which create sight and sound effects among the 221 concrete columns that support the eight-metre-high ceilings. An art installation called Down Periscope (houstonperiscope.com) by Donald Lipski give people above ground a glimpse and there’s also a web option. Tickets can be reserved online within 60 days of your visit. buffalobayou.org/visit/destination/the-cistern.
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