"The City of St. Louis contains within its city limits, according to the latest census, 870,000 people. The City is supplied with filtered water from two sources, one on the Mississippi River at the Chain of Rocks and the other on the Missouri River at Howard Bend. This water is distributed to consumers through 1,170 miles of water pipe and 147,912 service taps. Included in this distribution system are 14,334 fire hydrants and 16,884 valves. Every pipe joint, every fire hydrant, every valve and every plumbing fixture is a potential source of leakage, and it has become necessary to develop an elaborate system of inspections, tests and records in order to control this waste. The average daily consumption for 1930 amounted to 123,400,000 gallons per day, and it has been estimated that 8.9% or about 11,000,000 gallons of this was wasted due to various types of leaks. Since 1912 the engineers in the St. Louis Water Department have been using an instrument called a "Pitometer", based upon the theory of the Pitot tube, by which means the flow of water in pipes can be accurately measured"--Introduction, page 1.


Butler, Joe Beaty, 1895-1955


Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

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Professional Degree in Civil Engineering


Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy

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ii, 24 pages, map

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographical references (page 23) and index (pages 24-25).

Geographic Coverage

Saint Louis (Mo.)


© 1932 Randall Anthony Scheer, All rights reserved.

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Thesis - Open Access

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Subject Headings

Water conservation projects -- Missouri -- Saint Louis
Water use -- Missouri -- Saint Louis
Water-supply -- Missouri -- Saint Louis

Thesis Number

T 609

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