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Old Tap Machine Not Working? Refurbish it with Team Red Hed

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 14, 2019 9:00:00 AM / by Lead Free Larry posted in Waterworks, tools

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When your tap machine stops working, your crew is faced with a problem. With the average age of equipment in the waterworks industry at three decades or more, it's no surprise that your machinery has issues. You have options beyond scrapping old machinery or expensive replacements. We'll give you several options to get your tap machine back to work. Our full machine shop makes it possible for us to do anything from small repairs to complete rebuilds.

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What's the Difference Between a Meter valve, Curb Stop and Service Valves?

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 26, 2018 9:00:00 AM / by Lead Free Larry posted in Meters, Waterworks, Curb Stops

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When you need to install a shut-off valve between your water supply and your home or business, it can be very confusing deciding exactly which type of valve you need. Your water utility may not make things much clearer, discussing meter valves, curb stops and service valves as being among the options that are placed in line on your water supply lines. Fortunately, we've cleared up the issue for you in this post. Here's a quick rundown of each type of valve, what it does, where it's located and why it's used in your water supply line system.

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Do you Really Need a Thermal Coil Pit Instead of a Standard Pit?

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 26, 2018 9:00:00 AM / by Lead Free Larry posted in Meters, Waterworks

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If your town specifies thermal coil pits for meters and service valves, do you really need them? Thermal coil pits have become a common specification in a number of towns in cold climates, but they're not really needed. But how are these types of pits different and why is it okay to argue for the use of a standard pit in areas where the specifications call for a thermal coil pit? Here's a quick comparison with more information to get you started.

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Get the Right Pipe Stand Solutions with Red Hed's Custom Pipe Supports

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 24, 2018 9:00:00 AM / by Lead Free Larry posted in Pipe Supports, Waterworks

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When you need a quality pipe stand that provides solid support but goes above and beyond to meet your project's specific needs while remaining affordable, Red Hed's Custom Pipe Supports are here to help. With a range of different options available to meet your project's requirements, we can help you get underway in no time.

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Redi-Jack Pipe Supports Do it Better: Everything You Want to Know

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 15, 2018 9:00:00 AM / by Lead Free Larry posted in Pipe Supports, Waterworks

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I've got to admit, I've got a redneck house. When we first moved in, the drain lines needed work, and we discovered that they were held in place with a few rocks stacked underneath them. If your water utility looks like this, you KNOW that it needs some help! But even if you're using standard pipe supports, you know the problems they can lead to. Fortunately, Red Hed's Redi-Jack pipe supports provide superior results and performance. Here's a quick look at how they beat the competition hands-down.

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Compression vs. Flared: When to Use Each Type for Brass

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 9, 2018 9:00:00 AM / by Lead Free Larry posted in Brass Fittings, Lead Free Brass

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When you're in the field, you run across some different connections. But two of the most commonly used for smaller lines include compression fittings and flared fittings. But which type of outlet will work best for your specific situation and what's the difference between them? Here's a quick look to help get you started.

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How to Improve Your Dewatering Process with Space Saver Flanges

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 1, 2018 9:00:00 AM / by Lead Free Larry posted in Waterworks, Space Saver Flanges

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Whoever said there can never be too much of a good thing was obviously a hopeless optimist. When a construction site, flood zone or other area has been inundated with water, removing it is vital to allow safe access and further progress in that area. Dewatering helps to make this happen for a wide range of situations, but it can be complex when you're dealing with a wide range of different fitting sizes and limited space to place them. Fortunately, Team Red Hed has the perfect solution. Here's how our space saver flanges can help you get the water out and get back to work.

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Take Care of the Tight Spots with Space Saver Flanges

[fa icon="calendar'] May 2, 2018 9:00:00 AM / by Lead Free Larry posted in Space Saver Flanges

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If there's one thing that's true of water utility work, it's that every single inch counts. When you're adding a pump to the system, downsizing meters or retrofitting a new valve or other fitting, it can seem as though every millimeter counts. When your new fitting or fixture is just a touch bigger than the old one, what do you do? Before you tear out the whole setup, why not see what our space saver flanges can do for your situation? Here's a quick look at common applications.

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Red Hed's 100% Lead-Free Brass and NCT's Service Line Puller Kit

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 3, 2018 9:00:00 AM / by Lead Free Larry posted in Lead Free Brass, Waterworks

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Do you work with a utility that needs to regularly lay new lead-free service lines without disrupting the surroundings? Are you an emergency contractor working with residential or light commercial services who needs to get the job done quickly and effectively? After the Flint water crisis, many water utilities are changing out service lines in favor of those that are completely lead free. For that reason, Red Hed and its sister company, New Concept Tools, have the perfect solution to help you make these changes quickly, effectively and with absolutely no lead in the system.

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Avoid Private Property Issues with High Quality HDPE Meter Pits

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 30, 2017 9:00:00 AM / by Lead Free Larry posted in Meters, Waterworks

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When you need to send a crew out to access a meter, do you spend a lot of your day thinking about potential issues? From the property owner who doesn't want them there to that crazy dog that always gets out when your crew is accessing the meter, meter access can often bring up a whole slew of unrelated issues. Fortunately, there's a great option you can implement to avoid having to deal with private property issues and the hassles of accessing the meter: HDPE meter pits. Here's some information to help get you started.

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What Do You Need to Know to Order Lead Flange Adapters

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 3, 2017 9:00:00 AM / by Lead Free Larry posted in Waterworks, Lead Flange Adapters

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When you're replacing a lead water service from a house to the main or curb stop, where do you find an adapter to link the corporation or curb to the new copper or CTS service line? Here's a quick look at what you'll need to know to order the right lead flange adapter to make a great connection to a new service line.

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Keep Your Edge With Our Tapping Bits Sharpening Service

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 21, 2017 10:42:45 AM / by Lead Free Larry posted in Plumbing, Waterworks, tools

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At Red Hed, you know you can get the best possible 100% lead-free fittings and fixtures for your water utility's needs. But did you know that we also offer a range of services to help keep your operation running as smoothly as possible? One area we excel in is sharpening tapping bits. Our specific process helps ensure your bits are ready to go at a moment's notice while being protected from the elements. Here's a quick look at our process.

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7 Reasons Why Red Hed is Superior

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 19, 2017 9:49:27 AM / by Lead Free Larry posted in Brass Fittings, Lead Flange Adaptors

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Sure, Red Hed has plenty of products that are specifically designed for the water utility industry and made of exceptional materials and construction. But that's not the only reason why we're so popular with waterworks departments. Here's a quick look at why Red Hed provides your utility or company with the very best options.

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Proper Use of Common Connection Fittings with Lead Flange Adapters

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 10, 2017 11:19:26 AM / by Lead Free Larry posted in Brass Fittings, Lead Flange Adaptors

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When you're in the water utility industry, you can see all manner of fittings to adapt older pipe to newer systems. Threaded, compression and flared fittings are all common connections to run across. But how do you connect pipes to these fittings to get a proper fit that will stand up well to pressure and time? Here's a quick look at the most common fitting types and how to ensure you get a proper seal.

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What's the Deal with Pipe Stands: History, Design and Issues

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 28, 2017 3:00:00 AM / by Lead Free Larry posted in Pipe Supports, Waterworks

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Over the years, pipe stands have become an important feature for many water utility systems. But what's the history of these stands, why have they been designed as they are and what are some potential issues they face? Here's a quick rundown on pipe stands and what you need to do to keep them functioning well for your water utility.

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What Shape are Your Pipe Supports In?

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 15, 2017 3:00:00 AM / by Lead Free Larry posted in Pipe Supports, Waterworks

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When it comes to your water utility, you've already got a decent idea of what condition your pipes are in, whether they're supplying water or removing waste. But what about the pipe supports that prop them up? If they're in bad condition and aren't being checked for corrosion or weakness, you may find yourself in the middle of a crisis with burst pipes and unhappy customers. Here's more information on how to inspect your pipe supports and when they need replacing.

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Get Better Connection with Red Hed Flare Coupling Adapters for Meters

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 7, 2017 7:00:00 AM / by Lead Free Larry posted in Meters, Lead Free Brass, Waterworks, Lead Flange Adapters

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When you need to connect to a water meter, there's no doubt that using a flared coupling provides you with a better connection and a much lower chance of failure than many other methods. But it can be difficult to make the connection from a copper supply line to your meter. At Red Hed Manufacturing, our job is making sure you can get your job done with better fittings, including our flare coupling adapters for meters. Here's how they'll help you make a better connection.

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Connect Better with Our Flare Coupling Adapters for Meters

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 7, 2017 2:00:00 AM / by Lead Free Larry posted in Meters, Lead Free Brass, Waterworks, Lead Flange Adapters

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When you need to connect to a water meter, there's no doubt that using a flared coupling provides you with a better connection and a much lower chance of failure than many other methods. But it can be difficult to make the connection from a copper supply line to your meter. At Red Hed Manufacturing, our job is making sure you can get your job done with better fittings, including our flare coupling adapters for meters. Here's how they'll help you make a better connection.

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Red Hed Comes Through for Our Clients: Customized Specialty Flanges

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 18, 2017 2:00:00 AM / by Lead Free Larry posted in Waterworks, Space Saver Flanges

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It's fairly common in the waterworks industry to step from one pipe size to another, typically using a single flange or a series of fittings to make the connection happen. What if you need to fit the diameter change into a small area? We have a number of space saver flanges that help make the transition in the space needed, as it combines both connections in a single plate. But what can you do when you have a specialty situation that needs a different approach? At Team Red Hed Manufacturing, we believe in providing customized solutions for our clients when they're needed. Here's the story of how we helped solve a unique problem for an upcoming bid.

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Real-Life Savings From Meter Downsizing

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 31, 2017 2:00:00 AM / by Lead Free Larry posted in Meters, Waterworks

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When you work in the water utility industry, you expect some amount of water loss through leaky transmission lines and meter issues. But what if downsizing the meters in your supply system could ensure you'd regain those lost profits through more accurate record keeping? In this post, we're going to discuss a few real-world examples where downsizing helped the client greatly reduce waste and increased profits significantly. Here's what they found:

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What's Up With the Lead-Free Flange Adapters? Learn More in our Guide!

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 25, 2017 4:00:00 AM / by Lead Free Larry posted in Flange, Lead Free Brass, Lead Free

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At Red Hed Manufacturing, we always try to answer our customer's questions before they're asked, but on occasion, we're able to go into great depth and detail about one of our high quality lead free water utility products. Because our lead-free flange adapters have received a great deal of interest and attention recently, we've produced a guide to help you discover more about these versatile adapters and their construction. Here's a little bit of the information you'll find available in this guide.

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Solutions for Downsizing Old Meters to New Equipment

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 28, 2016 4:00:00 AM / by Lead Free Larry posted in Meters, Waterworks

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When it comes to downsizing older meters for new equipment, it's not unusual to run into issues in spacing and sizes between the two meters. How do you bridge the gap between the new meter and the old lines that are in place? Red Hed Manufacturing was recently called in to help a Louisiana utility as it downsized from an older meter to a more compact version that left a gap. Here's what we did to help them solve the problem and how it worked out in the end.

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Budget Friendly Tap Machine Solutions: Rebuilding the Machine

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 20, 2016 4:00:00 AM / by Lead Free Larry posted in Brass Fittings, Waterworks

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When winter is here and the ground is frozen hard, the performance of your tap machine may be the last thing on your mind - until it stops working. Unfortunately, when these expensive machines break down, it can be hard to find the money in the budget for a replacement. When it's got your task list at a dead stop, did you know that you can repair a Reed tap machine or service a Muller tap machine? At Red Hed Manufacturing, we want to provide you with additional options that save your utility money and allow you to continue using equipment that can be difficult to repair otherwise, starting with your tap machine.

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Lead Flange Adapters: Needs for Replacing Lead Lines

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 8, 2016 1:00:00 AM / by Lead Free Larry posted in Waterworks, Lead Lines

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Since the Flint water crisis has come to a head, utilities and municipalities all over the country have started paying much more attention to the socially and economically costly problems that can develop from existing lead lines in the system. Has your department made a plan for removing or replacing these lines? If not, you may want to get into gear exploring your options. But while many utilities are looking at replacing existing lead lines, they haven't considered the ramifications it will have on the rest of the existing system. Here are some considerations to keep in mind when replacing your utility's existing lead lines.

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Winter is Coming: Do You Have Brass Couplings for Repairs?

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 11, 2016 2:00:00 AM / by Lead Free Larry posted in Waterworks

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It's not just a catchy phrase in Game of Thrones. Winter really is coming, and in the waterworks industry, that means time spent dealing with cold, icy weather, damage to the system and frozen lines. It also means running around when you realize you haven't prepared your inventory properly. Here is some more information on how to keep your water utility functioning well in the cold and what to keep on hand ahead of time.

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Did You Know That Meter Pits Make Your Crew's Job Even Easier?

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 17, 2016 2:00:00 AM / by Lead Free Larry posted in Meters, Waterworks

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You know what it's like. Everyone has to go read meters or replace them at some point or another and this process can be challenging - but there's a solution: meter pits. Meter pits allow reading, changing out or repairing a meter without entering a customer dwelling. Also, if you're having trouble reading a transponder because the dwelling is set back to far from the road, a Red Hed Manufacturing meter pit is your solution.

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Cool, Clear Water: How the State of the Aquifers Affects Water Quality

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 19, 2016 2:00:00 AM / by Lead Free Larry posted in Waterworks

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Everyone has seen some type of drought over the years, whether it's just a really dry summer or an unmitigated lack of rain that goes on for months on end. It's easy to see the lack of water in a drought. Lawns are brown, creek beds are dried up and washing your car in your driveway will put you on the lecture list from the neighborhood environmental activist. But while it's easy to see these signs, one area we often don't consider is the state of the aquifers.

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Everything You Need To Know About Curb and Corporation Stops

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 7, 2016 5:52:06 AM / by Lead Free Larry posted in Curb Stops, Corporation Stops

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Curb and corporation stops often cause as much confusion as they do answers for fast and effective water shut off. What's the difference between them? What are the different types? In this post, we'll cover what you need to know about curb stops and corporation stops so that you can apply that knowledge effectively in the field.

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Top 5 Benefits of Using Brass Fittings in Your Project

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 7, 2016 4:25:16 AM / by Lead Free Larry posted in Brass Fittings

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With today's many options available in the market, many people wonder if brass fittings for plumbing or waterworks systems are worth the additional cost. This zinc copper alloy has been used for centuries and is very common in plumbing fittings and fixtures from homes to large industrial complexes. The effectiveness of this metal in plumbing allows you to provide safe, durable components to your plumbing system. If you're wondering how well brass will work in your system, here are five awesome benefits to take into consideration when planning your next project or expansion.

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What are the Benefits and Drawbacks of a Space-Saver Flange?

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 10, 2016 9:38:00 AM / by Lead Free Larry posted in Flange, Waterworks

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Flanges are a common component found in many waterworks systems, taking up a relatively small amount of space while providing superior water pressure. But what about situations where you have a tight fit, meter vault, for example, or along a section of pipe? If you're dealing with minimal amount of wiggle room in your setup, one possible solution is a space-saver flange. Designed to take up an absolute minimum of space, a space-saver flange is mounted first to the smaller pipe or fixture and then to the larger pipe or fixture, allowing the diameter to change without any serious change in the dimensions of the allotted space. Here are some situations where a space-saver flange can be beneficial.

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"Lead-Free" by Law Versus 100% Lead-Free Components

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 9, 2016 10:05:18 AM / by Lead Free Larry posted in Lead Free Brass, Waterworks, Lead Free

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With the concern over the past few decades about the content of lead in household materials and how it can leach into our drinking water, the passage of laws that limit the amount of lead in potable water pipes, fittings and fixtures have become common. Though this is a great general change in policy, the devil is in the details - specifically, the term "lead-free". Though many consumers expect that to mean that the material used to create the piece contains no lead, this isn't always the case. In this post, we'll take a look at current lead-free requirements as compared to 100% lead-free components.

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A Quick Review of Lead-Free Standards

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 16, 2016 8:26:31 AM / by Lead Free Larry posted in Lead Free Brass, Plumbing, Waterworks, Drinking Water

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With the formation of the EPA and public concern over lead exposure in the 1960s and 1970s, the plumbing and waterworks industry saw the rise of a new set of laws that regulated lead content in drinking water. As time has gone on, amendments and additional legislation has been passed, on both the state and federal levels, to further limit the amount of lead allowed in drinking water and plumbing systems. But what exactly is the difference between these standards and how do they affect your industry? Here are some more details:

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Staying Ahead of Standards: Lead-Free Brass Saves Money

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 16, 2016 3:53:35 AM / by Lead Free Larry posted in Plumbing, Waterworks, Lead Free

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There's no doubt that there have been many changes in the definition of lead-free over the years, with a dizzying number of changes, definitions and standards. As these changes move forward, the continued reduction of lead in waterworks and plumbing fixtures is a concern for the continued operation of many waterworks and utilities companies. How do you stay ahead of the continuous changes of lead-free definitions and requirements that can cost your organization serious money, time and labor down the road? By starting with lead-free brass in the first place.

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4 Reasons to Downsize Your Meters

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 8, 2016 10:14:23 AM / by Lead Free Larry posted in Meters

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In the waterworks industry, meters are installed to meet current or expected future needs at a home or business. But what about when demand actually decreases or expected expansions don't take place? A common approach is to downsize the water meter at that site. But what are the benefits of downsizing meters that meet this criteria and how do they help ensure customer satisfaction? In this piece, we'll take a solid look at several reasons why meters are downsized and how they benefit your customers.

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What's Involved in Downsizing a Meter?

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 1, 2016 8:38:14 AM / by Lead Free Larry posted in Meters

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When you're working in the waterworks business, you know that the only thing uniform about the customers you serve is that they are different. Some need water during particular parts of the day, while others require a constant flow. Some require only a little water because they're using exceptional water-saving technologies while others go through enough water to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool every few days.

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