The mission of the Department of Weights
and Measures is to promote equality in all commercial transactions
based on weight or measure.
Do you ever wonder...?
If you really got ten gallons the last time you filled your
car with gasoline?
If that premium gasoline really was 93 Octane?
If you really got a half a pound of corned beef last week at
If that package of corn flakes really had 20 ounces in it?
Most people take it for
granted that the measurements that affect them every day of the year
are accurate. Luckily for Delaware County, there is a dedicated
county director who is a part of an official group of State and
Municipal weights and measures officials working to assure
measurement accuracy and thus promote a fair and equitable
Equality protects both buyer
and seller. The buyer is assured that they get what they pay for and
the seller is assured of a marketplace based on fair competition.
New York's weights and measures program is a cooperative effort of
State and local offices enforcing a single State law.
The weights and measures
programs are a critical part of New York State's infrastructure,
protecting every consumer and every business.
Delaware County’s Director
annually inspects and tests hundreds of these type devices used in
Some examples of inspected and tested devices
Computing scales at supermarkets, bakeries, delis,
pharmacies and butcher shops.
Fuel pumps at gas stations, convenience stores and truck
Heavy-duty vehicle scales at sand/gravel yards, recycling
centers, scrap yards and the landfill.
Fuel oil trucks.
Farm bulk milk tanks.
Delaware County’s Department of Weights &
Measures also participates in the New York State Petroleum Quality
Program. This involves collecting over a 100 gasoline and diesel
fuel samples yearly, on a random basis, throughout the County. These
samples are then sent to a special contract laboratory for chemical
testing. These tests assure that the fuel meets all appropriate
quality standards and that fuel dispensers are properly labeled.
The next time you are at the grocery store or gas station, take a
minute to notice the date stamped blue or yellow Delaware County
Weights & Measures Inspection Seal on the computing scale or fuel
pump. This seal indicates that the device has been inspected, tested
and is accurate. Most importantly, it guarantees that you are
getting what you pay for.
Questions / Complaints
Delaware County’s Department of Weights & Measures will respond to
consumer questions or complaints regarding short weight or measure,
or motor vehicle fuel quality; by investigation and/or testing as
the situation demands. If you have questions or comments, please
contact the director.