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1. (WO1993018861) DIFFUSEUR D'IRRIGATION MULTI-BUSES ET MODE D'UTILISATION
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I CLAIM;

1. A multi-outlet emitter adapted for irrigation purposes comprising a body defining an inlet adapted for connection to a pressurized fluid source, and a plurality of separate outlets each communicating with said inlet, the improvement comprising said outlets being exposed exteriorly on said body, and emitter means, releasably connected to at least some of said outlets, for discharging said fluid at selectively varied flow rates therefrom.
2. The multi-outlet emitter of claim 1 wherein each said emitter means comprises pressure-compensating flow control means for discharging said fluid from a respective emitter means at a selected one of a series of substantially uniform flow rates.
3. The multi-outlet emitter of claim 2 wherein said emitter means further comprises a tubular fitting releasably connected to said body.
4. The multi-outlet emitter of claim 3 wherein said tubular fitting is releasably connected to said body by connecting means for permitting said tubular fitting to twisted and locked into place on said body.

5. The multi-outlet emitter of claim 4 wherein said connecting means comprises a bayonet connection comprising a plurality of circumferentially disposed slots formed in said body, a plurality of circumferentially disposed lugs formed on said tubular fitting and thread means for permitting said tubular fitting to be twisted into a respective one of said outlets to engage said lugs in locking engagement within said slots.
6. The multi-outlet emitter of claim 3 wherein said flow control means is removably mounted in said tubular fitting.
7. The multi-outlet emitter of claim 3 further comprising barbed extension means on an outer end of said tubular fitting for attaching a flexible tube thereto, adapted to communicate said fluid to a fluid distributing device.
8. The multi-outlet emitter of claim 4 further comprising finger-engaging means extending radially outwardly form said tubular fitting to be grasped and twisted .
9. The multi-outlet emitter of claim 1 wherein said body is disposed on a central longitudinal axis thereof and wherein said outlets and said emitter means are circumferentially disposed and spaced one-from-another about an outer side of said body.
10. The multi-outlet emitter of claim 9 wherein said emitter means extend radially outwardly relative to said axis.

11. The multi-outlet emitter of 9 further comprising a distributing chamber means defined in said body for communicating said inlet and with inlets to each of said emitter means.
12. The multi-outlet emitter of 1 further comprising thread means formed internally within said inlet for releasably connecting said body to an externally threaded riser pipe.
13. The multi-outlet emitter of 1 further comprising plug means, releasably connected to at least one of said outlets, for closing such outlet.
14. The multi-outlet emitter of claim 3 wherein each said fitting is color-coded to visually indicate different flow rates for various flow control means.
15. A method for simultaneously irrigating individual areas from a multi-outlet emitter, the improvement comprising the steps of
exposing a plurality of separate outlets defined exteriorly on said emitter,
connecting a first tubular fitting, having a first flow control valve exhibiting a first flow rate, to one of said outlets, and
connecting a second tubular fitting, having a second flow valve exhibiting a second flow rate different than said first flow rate, to another one of said outlets.

16. The method of claim 15 wherein each of said connecting steps comprises twisting and locking each respective one of said first and second tubular fittings on said emitter.
17. The method of claim 15 further comprising connecting a plug to another one of said outlets.
18. The method of claim 15 further comprising color-coding each of said first and second tubular fittings for visually indicating different flow rates for the respective flow control valves thereof.
19. The method of claim 15 further comprising replacing a standard sprinkler, integrated into a sprinkler circuit having a plurality of standard sprinklers each connected to a riser pipe, with said multi-outlet emitter.