Meterage in St. Louis
In a chapter on Meter and Tap Branch in the report of Water Commissioner Edward E. Wall, of St. Louis, Mo., it is stated the new equipment added to this branch was a meter tester, for the testing of three, four and six-inch meters, and a light service motor car transferred from the street service branch. Features of the water meter test are an air cushion for water hammer, a quick closing valve, a sliding joint to accommodate matters of various lengths, clamps instead of for holding meters between flanges of machine, pressure gauges at inlet and outlet of meter, various sizes of orifices, a fifty cubicfoot cylindrical cast iron tank with water glasses at calibrated points, and an overhead trolley with chain hoist for handling the meters. The daily collection of water samples, the report says, has been transferred to this branch so that the light motor car, employed in this service can be used only half of each day for reaching meter repairs in outlying districts. While the one and one-half ton Federal motor truck is still used for delivering and hoisting large meters, it has been transferred to pipe yard service. In addition to regular work of meter repairs and machine work of the distribution section, a part of the operating section’s machine work from outlying plants has been transferred to this branch. The policy of installing and system of repairing meters introduced in 1912 and 191.3, has been continued after giving satisfactory results. Comparing the meter service with that of last year it is found that they number 114,705 service connections; 7,747. or 6.76 per cent, of the total, are metered, as compared with 6.73 per cent, the previous year. The total number of meters has increased from 7,571 to 7.747. a gain of 2.3 per cent. Two hundred and eighty-nine meters have been installed, while 11.7 meters have been removed from service. More tests were made than the year before. The number of city owned meters has again increased over the year before from 61 per cent, to 66 per cent. of the total meters in service. To show the nature of meter service in the city the following data has been compiled. The meter registration is about thirty per cent, of .the total water pumped into the city’s mains.
The meters in service on April 1, 1915, are given in the report as follows: Crown, 2,749; Hersey Rotary, 1,878: Hersey disc. 1,074; Hersey Torrent, 35; Hersey Detector, 8; Worthington Piston, 335; Worthington disc, 338: Worthington Turbine, 17; Keystone, 403; Trident, 555; Trident Crest, 14; Lambert, 263;. Nilo, 36; Miscellaneous, 33.