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Offline Jeff M

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Tracking Water Usage
« on: July 23, 2014, 06:31:37 AM »
Has anyone done an research on a piece of equipment that will attach to a garden hose or some such that will track gallons used reliably?  Ive found a few cheap options online but id like a more reliable item then a hunk of plastic run by batteries.

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Re: Tracking Water Usage
« Reply #1 on: July 23, 2014, 06:54:55 AM »
Sure, a flow totalizer like used by a water company to track the usage by their accounts. I've used those units when doing well testing work.
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Re: Tracking Water Usage
« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2014, 06:56:53 AM »
Sure, a flow totalizer like used by a water company to track the usage by their accounts. I've used those units when doing well testing work.

Do you have a suggested link Martin?  I was looking at this unit but it may not work exactly?

http://www.amazon.com/Water-Meter-Stainless-Steel-Output/dp/B00GM5DCCA/ref=sr_1_14?ie=UTF8&qid=1406122688&sr=8-14&keywords=water+flow+meter

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Re: Tracking Water Usage
« Reply #3 on: July 23, 2014, 08:35:12 AM »
Something like that should be fine. One thing to recognize is that some types of flow totalizers do not record flow very well when the flowrate is low. The nutating disc flow totalizer style like you have pointed out above, DOES work well at both high and low flowrates. That is a reason why most water utilities use them to meter home accounts. I don't have a recommendation for a manufacturer or seller, but I noticed this site: flows.com/totalizer/
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Re: Tracking Water Usage
« Reply #4 on: July 23, 2014, 08:52:40 AM »
Excellent. Thanks Martin!  Ill probably give this one a shot because its SS.

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