I'm having trouble keeping my cities water supply up. I can build some pumping-stations and water-towers which solves the problem, but only for a very short period of time.

I have now reached a point where almost the entire coastline is covered with pumping-stations and I also have truckloads of water-towers. I'm starting to think it is a bug but maybe somebody sees some obvious flaw with my water-pipe layout:

SimCity water pipes

This is how the city looks like:

Simcity town

There are some high-density residential and industrial zones, but nothing that would require that amount of pumping-stations? There must be about 120-180 pumping-stations on that map.

  • I played SimCity on PC -- never played it on iPad. Wasn't there a distillation facility to provide clean water? Maybe that's what you're missing? – BeemerGuy Dec 30 '10 at 23:43
  • Yeah, I have the water treatment plant. It's hidden behind the menu on the right. Actually, water pollutions is fine (no complaints there). But the water seems to get sucked up by some monster-sponge faster than I can pump it to my Sims. – bummzack Dec 30 '10 at 23:47
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    From what I remember, all I had to do is make sure the water covers all the area below any type of zone -- no tricks beyond that, at least in SC4. – BeemerGuy Dec 31 '10 at 0:12
  • Dang, that's a lot of water towers. – user3389 Dec 31 '10 at 1:05
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    Just to clear things up for people who have only played the PC versions, Simcity Deluxe is Simcity 3 mechanics with Simcity 4 graphics. – Macha Dec 31 '10 at 17:28

Apparently there's nothing wrong with the water-supply and as comments to the question suggest, a city of this size should never require that many pumps and water-towers. So I'll try to answer this question myself and claim that it's a bug.

I did some searches and as it seems I'm not the only one with this problem. Here's a forum post and here's another one suggesting that there is indeed a bug regarding water supply. So I guess the only hope is waiting for an upcoming patch to fix this.

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    I'm here to try and solve this exact issue. I'm 99.9% certain it's a bug as - like you - my maps ends up covered in pumps, towers and pipes and I still get the 'not enough water' message... CONSTANTLY. Seriously, it doesn't let up does it? It's a bug. It has to be. – user10353 Jun 13 '11 at 19:11
  • Definitely a bug. Further confirmed by many reviewers on the App Store, and my own experience playing versions where this bug does not occur on other platforms. – Jonathan Van Matre Dec 15 '11 at 5:58

You need to renew the old pumping stations, the old ones get inefficient and lose capacity. Agree, it is hard to play with this bug or issue.

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  • Yes, the description of the pumping station states something along these lines. I didn't find a way to identify old pumping stations however. I also tried to replace several pumping stations that I built a while ago with new ones but that didn't change anything. – bummzack Jan 1 '11 at 11:27

I'm not sure if this gameplay feature exists in the iPad version, but if you have road/water links to the outside and are trading water, you might just be pumping out too much.

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