Columbia Water Meter

This is a turbine water meter with split case and serial number 141,208, that fit a ⅝” pipe, and that was made by the Union Water Meter Company of Worcester, Massachusetts. Union introduced the Columbia in the mid-1890s, noting that it “was especially designed for house service in waters carrying at times considerable foreign matter, or having unusually great corrosive action.” The firm was founded in 1868, and folded in the mid-1930s.
Ref: Union Water Meter Company, Water Meter Price List (Worcester, 1910), p. 9.
Object Name
water meter
date made
ca 1895-ca 1935
Union Water Meter Company
Physical Description
brass (overall material)
overall: 6 3/4 in x 7 in; 17.145 cm x 17.78 cm
place made
United States: Massachusetts, Worcester
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Water Meters
Measuring & Mapping
Natural Resources
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Water Meters
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
A.A. Hirsch

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