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What are the common water meter types? Water metering is the measurement of water consumption and performed in residential, commercial, and industrial applications. Linc Energy Systems is a distributor for Carlon Meter, offering residential water meters and industrial water flow meters.

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Common Water Meter Types

There are two conventional measuring devices for water flow measurement, the positive displacement water meter, and the velocity meter. Less common options include non-mechanical designs of electromagnetic and ultrasonic meters and electromechanical meters.

Positive Displacement Meters

The positive displacement meter (PD meter) is a standard residential water meter and small commercial water meter. They are generally very accurate at the low-to-medium flow rates typical of these applications and typically range from 5/8″-2″. For this meter type, water usually displaces a moving measuring element and is directly proportional to the volume of water passing through the meter. The movement directs a magnet that drives the register.

SSM Series Carlon meterVelocity Flow Meters

A velocity meter measures the flow velocity of water through the device, which has an understood internal capacity. The speed of the flow is converted to a volume of flow to determine consumption. A multi-jet meter and turbine are good examples of velocity meters.

As a distributor for Carlon Meter, perhaps some of their products satisfy your application. Here is an overview of some of the offerings; you may also want to download the Carlon-at-a-Glance cut sheet.

Residential Water Meter

Carlon offers two meter-types that satisfy residential and commercial applications, the positive displacement JL/JLR, and the multi-jet SSM/SSMR series. Refer to the chart for fundamental differences between the lines.

Carlon water meter types


Carlon offers several industrial models for industrial applications.

JSJ – Industrial and commercial water treatment systems where the amount of water flow establishes the chemical treatment

Hot Water Turbine – Industrial, high-volume application of hot water, control of water treatment equipment

Cold Water Turbine – Industrial, high-volume applications, control of process equipment


Carlon also produces a signal splitter and programmable controls, including pump controls, timers, batch controllers, and a car-logger. The car-logger, when combined with the industrial turbine water meters, can provide real-time flow data to help customers manage energy costs. The logger provides real-time flow information as a stand-alone device, or the data can be retrieved with an RS485 or internet connection to the users building management system.

Carlon Meter

Carlon Meter has been manufacturing high-quality and long-lasting potable water meters since 1962. The company’s headquarters is in Grand Haven, Michigan. Carlon produces positive displacement, multi-jet, and turbine meters for potable cold and hot water measurement from ½-inch to 8-inch lines. The company makes larger-sized meters though they do not inventory them.

If you are interested in more information on Carlon water meters, submit your inquiry.

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    Archie Hearn

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