A Novel Water Meter.
The meter shown in the illustration, designed more e pecially for use in irrigating ditches, is adapted to accurately measure and register the quantity of water used, no matter how much or how little it may be, and however it may vary through the day or night. A flume set in the ditch or channel through which the water flows has near its discharge end a pit in which is journaled a wheel, the circular ends of which fit closely to the sides of the flume, as shown in the sectional view, ami the wheel shaft being connected with a suitable counting or recording apparatus. The construction is such that one of the several buckets will always be in the pit, and, the bottoms of the inlet and outlet of the flume being on a level with the bottoms of the buckets, no one of the buckets can discharge until it has been completely filled. The small figure represents a device to prevent the wheel being turned backward. Both the register and detent are preferably kept under lock and key to prevent tampering with the meter, and the stopping of the measuring wheel prevents any further flow of water. The register is designed to keep a record, without further attention, of all the water which can go through for at least thirty-five days and nights, the wheel having a velocity corresponding to the volume of water passing through it.
The patentee is Mr. Theodore Woollens, Jr , Cheyenne, Wyoming.