Water Tower San Nicolas | 1939


Address: Bernardstraat
Year built: 1939
Open to public: Yes

At the outset of the twentieth century, the water scarcity issue prompted Curaçao to establish the Landswatervoorzieningsdienst (LWV) in 1928. This service was set up to provide potable water to Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao. During this period, the department made the decision to create wells where residents could access well water free of charge.

In 1933, Aruba took the initiative to construct its own seawater distillation plant in Balashi. This marked the inception of Aruba’s independent water distribution infrastructure. In order to address the challenge of low water pressure during peak hours, the decision was made to construct two water towers. The San Nicolas water tower was officially opened on August 14th, 1939, followed by the Oranjestad water tower on November 4th, 1939.

 The tower in San Nicolas was restored in 2013 and in 2016 the Museum of Industry opened its doors to the public.