US Patent No: 4,946,599

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Apparatus and method for converting bottled water dispensers to continuous supply systems

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Apparatus and methods for converting a bottled water dispenser for use with a continuous source of water are disclosed. In a preferred embodiment, means for reducing the pressure and filtering the continuous source of water are provided. In a most preferred embodiment, the apparatus is configured to substantially reside within the existing dispenser apparatus, thus eliminating the need for bottled water. A housing is provided which contains a filter in an upper portion thereof, the lower portion shaped to conform to an existing tank within the bottled water dispenser in order to provide good thermal communication between the apparatus of the present invention and the existing refrigeration means. Chilled water is retained in the lower portion of the housing and is filtered upon demand, thus providing freshly filtered water to the user at a pressure and velocity substantially the same as that produced using a bottled source, without the contaminants expense and inconvenience associated with bottled water. Also provided are methods and apparatus for converting bottled water dispensers having means for dispensing heated water for use with a continuous source of water.

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Patent Owner(s)

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CARROLL, THOMAS J.TAYLOR, PA1

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Craig, Thomas L 1015 Grove St., Avoca, PA 18641 1 15

Cited Art Landscape

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Amway Corporation (1)
4,753,728 Water filter 90 1986
 
Nimbus Water Systems, Inc. (1)
4,711,723 Water purification system 36 1986
 
United States Thermoelectric Corporation (1)
4,792,059 Sealed hot, cold and room temperature pure water dispenser 52 1987
 
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (4)
4,207,994 Refrigerator systems utilizing assemblies to enable dispensing cold water or ice made from purified water 19 1979
4,322,291 Water-dispensers 17 1980
4,599,166 Ozone drinking water purification apparatus 33 1984
4,571,953 Combined refrigerator and water filtration unit 16 1985

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Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (1)
6,915,924 Bottled water source to soft drink dispenser machine 0 2003