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    Vernon Manufacturing

       Automatic Water Salesman

Typical installation

  Stainless Steel Streetside Box is shown with Currency, Coin, Credit Card,

and Prepaid Card acceptance.  Piping and mounting by customer.


  Since 1956, Vernon Manufacturing in Gypsum, Kansas, has been helping cities all over the United States collect for bulk water sales. At a time when the “honor system” was the norm, our small-town city council realized the system was inaccurate and inadequate. Ten loads of water were leaving the city, and only one was being written down and paid for. Sound familiar?

  The City's forward looking council called on my dad, Everett Vernon, to provide an economical and efficient solution to reverse this trend. After installation, revenue increased tenfold and the Automatic Water Salesman was born. This first machine was sold March 31, 1956. It was replaced in 1967 as part of upgrades by the City. Then, in early 2016, that building was destroyed by an out of control car. On March 31, 2016, the 4194th unit was sold to Gypsum. Exactly 60 years to the day of that first machine.


  From those early days until the present, we have kept an accurate, extensive data base on over 4300 units. Using this knowledge, we are able to help you with repairs; make suggestions on new updates available; and help you “fix” your machine over the phone. We do not design or install systems, but we have personally seen hundreds of our units in operation and can make educated recommendations to help you design yours. By the way, we've never seen two alike.


  The simplicity of the Automatic Water Salesman allows for installation by city personnel or local contractors, thus keeping your money at home. Units in operation offer a welcomed service to the community and increase a city's income by stopping loss of revenue from unpaid water bills. Rural water districts use them for the same reason, and to aid farmsteds not connected to rural water.


  Our slow-closing valve mounts in your water line and operates at any pressure. In your building, or our Streetside Box, the controls and money are protected. Basic systems meter water by time and are easily adjustable by your personell to deliver any amount of water desired. Quarters, currency and credit cards can be used and prepaid cards allow cities to encode "money" on to customer cards. As the money runs out, you can add more. More sophisticated systems record water delivery by the gallon. Solid-state design ensures years of trouble-free operation.


Vernon Manufacturing can create custom configurations to fill the needs of your city:

Mail & Shipping:  712 Maple    Gypsum, KS  67448                               Proudly made in the USA

steve@vernonmfg.com      www.vernonmfg.com    P: 785.536.4412   F: 4452 - we prefer email

Flush-mount Systems: Coins/Currency/Cards in any combination (our most popular units).

Streetside Boxes: Painted or Stainless Steel; Flush-mount; Freestanding or Wall Mounted.

Key Switch Override: For city workers; the Fire Dept; etc. No. 1 most popular options.

Automatic Drain: Prevents riser pipe freeze up in cold weather. No. 2 most popular option.

Bank Cards: Our latest available option. Cellular, or network, connection is required.

Proprietary/Pre-paid Cards: Reusable & reloadable--much like a store card.

Multi-User Key System: Available by special order. Please call for more information.

Valve sizes: ½" - 4" available. 2" is standard.

Choice Switch: For units using two different size valves.

Coin Counter: Non-resettable to keep accurate track of money collected.

Cross Connection Control Device: 2” - 3” - 4” available.

Swivels: Various sizes, materials and configurations.

Torsion Spring Counterbalanced Loading Arms. Various sizes and materials.

Backflow Preventers.

Pressure Reducing Valves.