Arctic Water Meter

This is a disc water meter with frost-proof bottom and serial number 3,143,709. It fit a ⅝” pipe, and was made by the Pittsburgh Equitable Meter Company in the mid-1940s. Pittsburgh Equitable described it as “an instrument unsurpassed in the water measurement field,” explaining that it had “a bronze upper case and a brass lined cast iron breakable bottom plate, amply heavy and strong enough to withstand pressure far in excess of that encountered under ordinary conditions of service, the bottom plate, however, designed to break when exposed to the excessive strain imposed by freezing.”
Ref: Pittsburgh Equitable Meter Company, The Arctic Water Meter, Bulletin W-500 (1931).
Object Name
water meter
date made
Pittsburgh Equitable Meter Company
Physical Description
bronze (overall material)
cast iron (overall material)
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Water Meters
Measuring & Mapping
Natural Resources
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Medicine and Science: Physical Sciences
Water Meters
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
A.A. Hirsch

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