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In what was undoubtedly an act of poor judgement, I recently elected reinstalled Sim City 4. Now that my addiction is in full force, I'm wondering if there's an optimal placement for water pumps in my city. Will they lower property value if I place them near residential areas? Will water pollution be worse if I place them in industrial zones or will water pollution always be a problem near industrial areas, just like air pollution? Just where should I be placing those blasted pumps?

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I can answer this from memory but cannot annoate any sources. please respond to this comment if you would like me to continue. :) –  Ender Apr 23 '12 at 18:12
@Ender, go right ahead. I've clearly slept and/or drank too much since the last time I played SC4 (probably about '06). I sure as heck can't remember the water pump rules now. –  RESPAWN Apr 23 '12 at 19:37

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As I remember it, water pump placement does affect certain aspects including but possibly not limited to:

  • If placed within the pollution area of industrial zones, the water is polluted.
  • If placed near landfills water is polluted.
  • If placed near 'Dirty' (Coal for example) Power Plants, water is polluted.
  • If placed near residential zones, property value is lowered.
  • If placed near water, output is increased. (I remember this being the case more clearly in Simcity 2000, I'm less certain about it's inclusion within SC4)

Generally following these guidelines they are best placed somewhere near a natural water source some distance from the main body of your city. This is less of an issue than water towers because the distance the pumps effect is mitigated by piping. (Just remember to provide them with power.)

As stated in my comment, take this answer with a grain of salt. I've written it entirely based off my memory and cannot prove or source any of the information.

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Actually, you're 100% correct about the pumps in SC2K performing better near water. Thanks for the info, though. I'll make sure to keep them in a clean area not near any residential. –  RESPAWN Apr 23 '12 at 20:20
I'm very sure that last point there is false. The output of water pumps (and towers) are fixed, and are affected only by budget and pollution –  Private Pansy yesterday
While I have no issue editing my answer to reflect accuracy, your being 'very sure' isn't enough to convince me. –  Ender 2 hours ago

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