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    Vernon Manufacturing

       Automatic Water Salesman

Typical installation

Stainless Steel Streetside Box is shown with Currency, Coin, Credit, and Prepaid Card acceptance.  Flush-mount Components.  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 a simple, efficient, and economical 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 sales. 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 you to deliver any amount of water desired. Quarters, currency and credit cards can be used, and prepaid cards allow cities to add "money" onto customer cards. As their money runs out, you can add more using a password protected website. 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.

++++ All units feature Flush-mount Components. ++++

Wall Mount:  Currency/Coin (our most popular units), and Cards in any combination.

Streetside Box:  Painted or Stainless Steel; can be 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 option.  Accept credit cards.  Cellular or network access is required.

Pre-paid Cards:  Reloadable blank cards.  Use with, or in lieu of the Bank Card option.

Keytrol© System:  Each panel will accomodate up to 50 customers with their own special key.

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

Choice Switch: For units using two different size valves.

Coin Counter:  Not resettable.  Keep accurate track of money collected.

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

Swivels:  Choose from many sizes, materials and configurations.

Counterbalanced Loading Arms:  Choose from various sizes and materials.

Backflow Prevention.

Pressure Reducing Valves.

Web:  www.vernonmfg.com             Email:  steve@vernonmfg.com             P:  785.536.4412

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