Washington, D.C. 20549


                                    FORM 8-K

                                 CURRENT REPORT

                       Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of
                       the Securities Exchange Act of 1934


                      Date of Report
                      (Date of earliest
                      event reported):        April 19, 2004

                               Badger Meter, Inc.
             (Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

   Wisconsin                      1-6706                         39-0143280
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(State or other              (Commission File                  (IRS Employer
jurisdiction of                   Number)                    Identification No.)

              4545 West Brown Deer Road, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53223
          (Address of principal executive offices, including zip code)

                                 (414) 355-0400
                         (Registrant's telephone number)

Item 7.           Financial Statements and Exhibits.
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                  (a)           Financial Statements of Business Acquired.

                  Not applicable.

                  (b)           Pro Forma Financial Information.

                  Not applicable.

                  (c)           Exhibits.

                  The exhibit listed in the accompanying Exhibit Index is filed
                  as part of this Current Report on Form 8-K.


Item 12.          Results of Operations and Financial Condition.
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                  As required by Section 401(b) of the Sarbanes-Oxley  Act,
Badger Meter, Inc. is filing its quarterly earnings release for the first
quarter 2004.



                  Pursuant to the  requirements  of the Securities  Exchange Act
of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf
by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

                                  BADGER METER, INC.

Date:  April 19, 2004    By:      /s/ Richard E. Johnson
                                  Richard E. Johnson
                                  Senior Vice President - Finance and Treasurer
                                  Chief Financial Officer


                               BADGER METER, INC.

                   Exhibit Index to Current Report on Form 8-K
                              Dated April 19, 2004

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 (99.1)           Badger Meter, Inc. Press Release, dated April 19, 2004.