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1. (WO2017000063) ALIMENTATION EN EAU POUR ANIMAUX
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CLAIMS:

1. A water supply for an animal comprising:

a valve member having a component operable by the animal for control by the animal of the dispensing of the water;

a water supply duct for supplying water to the valve member;

and a regulator for controlling a flow rate of the water from the valve when the component is operated to discharge the water, the regulator comprising:

a housing through which the water passes;

and a resilient body mounted in the housing;

the resilient body defining a convoluted water flow path therethrough or thereon for flow of water along the flow path through the housing with the flow path defining a rate of flow of the water;

the housing having an adjustment member for adjusting application of pressure to the resilient body to change an amount of compression of the resilient body so as to distort the water flow path and change the rate of flow.

2. The water supply according to claim 1 wherein the path has a length greater than a straight path through the body.

3. The water supply according to claim 1 or 2 wherein the path is helical.

4. The water supply according to any one of claims 1 to 3 wherein the path includes at least a part which is located on a surface of the body which is in contact with a surface of the housing so that the compression of the body presses the surface of the body onto the surface of the housing to reduce a transverse dimension of the path.

5. The water supply according to any one of claims 1 to 4 wherein the surface of the body is an exterior surface shaped to match the surface of the housing which is an interior surface.

6. The water supply according to any one of claims 1 to 5 wherein the path forms a helix around the body.

7. The water supply according to any one of claims 1 to 6 wherein the body is circular cylindrical.

8. The water supply according to any one of claims 1 to 7 wherein the body has an end face which communicates with an orifice defined in the housing,

9. The water supply according to any one of claims 1 to 8 wherein the body has a channel at the end face which communicates from the orifice to the path on the exterior.

10. The water supply according to any one of claims 1 to 9 wherein the body is resilient and is shaped as a loose fit within the housing and is forced into contact with a surface of the housing when compressed.

11. The water supply according to any one of claims 1 to 10 wherein the housing is a two part housing with a first part threadedly connected to a second part.

12. A water supply for an animal comprising:

a water supply duct for supplying water;

a valve member on the water supply for controlling dispensing of the water, the valve member comprising:

a housing through which the water passes;

a component mounted in the housing and having a portion operable by the animal movable between an open position and a closed position for control by the animal of the dispensing of the water and;

the component being held in the closed position by a spring force;

and a body in the housing defining a convoluted water flow path therethrough or thereon which path is longer than a straight path through the body for flow of water along the flow path through the housing with the flow path defining a rate of flow of the water.

13. The water supply according to claim 12 wherein the body is resilient.

1 . The water supply according to claim 13 wherein compression of the resilient body provides the spring force.

15. The water supply according to claim 13 or 14 wherein the housing has an adjustment member for adjusting application of pressure to the resilient body to change an amount of compression of the resilient body so as to distort the water flow path and change the rate of flow.

16. The water supply according to any one of claims 13 to 15 wherein the path has a length greater than a straight path through the body.

17. The water supply according to any one of claims 13 to 16 wherein the path is helical.

18. The water supply according to any one of claims 13 to 17 wherein the path includes at least a part which is located as a recessed channel on a surface of the body which is in contact with a surface of the housing so that the compression of the body presses the surface of the body onto the surface of the housing to reduce a transverse dimension of the channel and therefore of the path.

19. The water supply according to any one of claims 13 to 18 wherein the surface of the body is an exterior surface shaped to match the surface of the housing which is an interior surface.

20. A water supply for an animal comprising:

a water supply duct for supplying water;

a valve member on the water supply for controlling dispensing of the water, the valve member comprising:

a housing through which the water passes;

a component mounted in the housing and having a portion operable by the animal movable between an open position in which water is discharged through an opening in the housing and a closed position for control by the animal of the dispensing of the water;

the component being held in the closed position by a spring force;

an orifice in the housing providing a restriction through which the water passes;

and a body in the housing defining a water flow path therethrough or thereon from the orifice to the discharge opening which path is longer than 3.0 inches.

21. The water supply according to claim 20 wherein the body is resilient.

22. The water supply according to claim 21 wherein compression of the resilient body provides the spring force.

23. The water supply according to claim 21 or 22 wherein the housing has an adjustment member for adjusting application of pressure to the resilient body to change an amount of compression of the resilient body so as to distort the water flow path and change the rate of flow.

24. The water supply according to any one of claims 20 to 23 wherein the path has a length greater than a straight path through the body.

25. The water supply according to any one of claims 20 to 24 wherein the path is helical.

26. The water supply according to any one of claims 20 to 25 wherein the path includes at least a part which is located as a recessed channel on a surface of the body which is in contact with a surface of the housing so that the compression of the body presses the surface of the body onto the surface of the housing to reduce a transverse dimension of the channel and therefore of the path.

27. The water supply according to any one of claims 20 to 26 wherein the surface of the body is an exterior surface shaped to match the surface of the housing which is an interior surface.