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1862 London Exhibition: Catalogue: Class VIII.: Manchester Water Meter Co

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Water Meter for General and Trade Purposes

1923. MANCHESTER WATER METER COMPANY, THE, Tipping Street, Ardwick, Manchester.

Water meters for general and trade purposes, for steam boilers, works, warehouses, shops, offices, etc.


These meters are constructed on the piston and cylinder principle, the piston having a reciprocating action. Their chief novelty consists in the use of a compound fluid motive valve to reverse the stroke of the piston, and change the direction of the effluent water; which object it effects, without concussion or stoppage in the flow. This has never before been accomplished in any high-pressure water meter with a single cylinder and piston, without the aid of springs or tumbling weights. The exterior of these meters consists of a strong case of cast-iron in three parts, bolted together. The lower portion forms the measuring cylinder, and is lined with brass, which is smoothly bored out. In this cylinder the piston works: it is packed with cupped leathers, similar to those used in hydraulic presses. The upper portion of the meter contains the compound valve and the wheelwork of the index. All the working parts are made of brass, and are therefore not liable to be affected by water. These meters have been practically and thoroughly tested for upwards of three years, and a large number of them are now used by water companies and others. They require no lubrication, and in accuracy and durability, they have far surpassed all other meters.


A meter to measure the water evaporated by steam boilers has long been a desideratum; but the necessity of using leather, india-rubber, and other flexible substances in packing the pistons of all positive measuring meters, has hitherto been the great difficulty. This difficulty has now been successfully removed in the Company's new boiler meter, which is constructed entirely of metal, on a principle that involves the smallest possible liability to become deranged, and that secures accuracy and efficiency in working. It is portable and convenient in form, and can easily and readily be attached and detached.

This meter can be placed at any distance from the boiler, or between the boiler and the pump. Its use will ensure the most accurate and reliable test of the best construction of boilers, fire-bars, and furnaces; and of the various kinds of steam economizers. It will also secure perfect tests of all descriptions of coal and other fuel, and of the work done by steam engines in proportion to the coal or other fuel consumed.


The attention of water companies and the public generally is directed to the new water meter for private dwelling houses, offices, warehouses, shops, public houses, etc. The size of this meter is small, and the price is moderate. To water companies, who desire to economize their water by preventing waste, and to deal equally towards all their customers, this meter will prove of inestimable use; while to small consumers, for baths, stables, water closets, fountains, etc. it will afford the means of guaranteeing a supply of water at a fixed rate per 1,000 gallons, and remove any sense of injustice which may now be unavoidably experienced, in consequence of the charges for water being arbitrarily fixed, without any reference to the quantity used.

Water has hitherto been generally charged at a rate higher per 1,000 cubic feet than gas; but now that water meters can be had capable of measuring water as accurately as gas is measured, there is no longer any necessity to fix the charges for any class of consumers of water otherwise than by meter.

For further particulars, apply to the Manchester Water Meter Company, Limited, Tipping Street, Ardwick, Manchester.

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