"The lighting scheme is a more realistic option and
more common these days. You can’t see the checkerboard design
at night, and if you are close enough to see it, you’re in
Source: Bob Gardner, manager with the
Wannacomet Water Company on Nantucket Island. Federal aviation
officials have reviewed a proposal for a new water tower near the
Nantucket Memorial Airport (ACK) and have suggested either a
bright-checkered paint scheme, or lights on the 129-foot tank.