The Functions of the Water Meter

Issue 13 and Volume 65.

The Functions of the Water Meter Experience has demonstrated that the greatest source of loss in any system of water distribution is at the consumer’s end. No single leak can be very large, but when small leaks are multiplied by the thousand the loss in the aggregate has been known to equal one-third to one-half of the total daily pumpage. Take a system in which the power plant losses are 15 per cent., leaks in mains 20 per cent, and losses at the outlets 30 per cent., due to not using water meters, and it will be apparent that the consumer losses are practically the equivalent of all others put together. The instance just cited is not exaggeration by any means and it indicates about how some of the war time invesigators reporting plants having an efficiency of less than 50 per cent, found things in old plants. While the…

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