Badger CC Water Meter

This is a disc water meter made by the Badger Meter Manufacturing Company in Milwaukee, Wisc. It fits a ⅝” pipe and has a capacity of 26 gallons per minute. The serial number is no longer legible.
According to the firm, this meter was “so constructed that the current of water completely fills the receptacle both above and below the measuring mechanism. The entire chamber is thus constantly flushed, preventing the secretion of sediment which might injuriously affect the working of the meter, or the unsanitary stagnation of water in a blind pocket.” The frost-proof bottom is a “plate of soft gray cast iron thoroughly galvanized and rust proof, with a low breaking strength of 600 pounds.” If the water in the meter should freeze, the bottom plate would break, “thus relieving all strain long before the pressure has reached a point where it is dangerous to the interior parts.”
Ref: Badger Meter Manufacturing Company, Badger Water Meters (about 1925)
Object Name
water meter
date made
ca 1904-ca 1960
Badger Meter Manufacturing Company
Physical Description
bronze (case material)
cast iron (bottom material)
bronze, phosphor (intermediate train gears material)
bronze, phosphor (pinion gears material)
bronze, phosphor (pinion rod material)
overall: 7 3/4 in x 7 1/2 in; 19.685 cm x 19.05 cm
place made
United States: Wisconsin, Milwaukee
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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