Parallel-fed nonstagnant integrated water distribution network for domestic water and fire sprinkler application

  • US 6,241,024 B1
  • Filed: 02/10/2000
  • Issued: 06/05/2001
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/06/1996
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. An integrated water distribution system for supplying both domestic water and fire sprinkler water requirements of a structure, said system comprising:

  • a plurality of fire sprinkler assemblies disposed upon the structure;

    a plurality of multiport fittings disposed upon the structure, each of said plurality of multiport fittings having a plurality of ports, and each of said plurality of multiport fittings being fluidly coupled to an associated one of the plurality of fire sprinkler assemblies;

    a plurality of water-carrying conduits interconnecting said plurality of multiport fittings, said plurality of conduits establishing a water network;

    a plumbing fixture fluidly connected through a fixture conduit to the water network, wherein upon an occupant use of said plumbing fixture, a nonstagnant water flow is established in substantially all of the plurality of conduits of the water network; and

    a water supply line, fluidly coupled to the water network, for supplying the system with water relating to the occupant use.

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