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Water flow control system and apparatus

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CA2564149A1
CA2564149A1 CA 2564149 CA2564149A CA2564149A1 CA 2564149 A1 CA2564149 A1 CA 2564149A1 CA 2564149 CA2564149 CA 2564149 CA 2564149 A CA2564149 A CA 2564149A CA 2564149 A1 CA2564149 A1 CA 2564149A1
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Rod Magee
Jill White
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Jill White
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    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A63SPORTS; GAMES; AMUSEMENTS
    • A63GMERRY-GO-ROUNDS; SWINGS; ROCKING-HORSES; CHUTES; SWITCHBACKS; SIMILAR DEVICES FOR PUBLIC AMUSEMENT
    • A63G31/00Amusement arrangements
    • A63G31/007Amusement arrangements involving water
    • BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
    • B05SPRAYING OR ATOMISING IN GENERAL; APPLYING LIQUIDS OR OTHER FLUENT MATERIALS TO SURFACES, IN GENERAL
    • B05BSPRAYING APPARATUS; ATOMISING APPARATUS; NOZZLES
    • B05B17/00Apparatus for spraying or atomising liquids or other fluent materials, not covered by the preceding groups
    • B05B17/08Fountains
    • BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
    • B05SPRAYING OR ATOMISING IN GENERAL; APPLYING LIQUIDS OR OTHER FLUENT MATERIALS TO SURFACES, IN GENERAL
    • B05BSPRAYING APPARATUS; ATOMISING APPARATUS; NOZZLES
    • B05B12/00Arrangements or special adaptations of delivery controlling means in spraying systems
    • B05B12/004Arrangements or special adaptations of delivery controlling means in spraying systems comprising sensors for monitoring the delivery, e.g. by displaying the sensed value or generating an alarm
    • B05B12/006Pressure or flow rate sensors

Abstract

A water flow control system and apparatus is disclosed. The system comprises a water distribution system configured to deliver water from a water source to a water amusement apparatus. At least one detector is coupled with the water distribution system to detect a change in the water being distributed from the water source to the water amusement apparatus. An effect generator is responsively coupled with the detector such that when the detector detects a change in the water, the effect generator produces at least one effect. The apparatus adaptable for use with a water distribution system comprises at least one detector configured to detect changes in water being distributed through the water distribution system and an effect generator responsively coupled with the detector such that when the detector detects a change in the water, the effect generator produces at least one effect.

Description

WATER FLOW CONTROL SYST1~M AND APPARATUS
PRIORITY CLAIM
This application claims the benefit to U.S. Provisional Patent Application No.
601722,445 entitled WATER FLOW CONTROL SYSTEM filod on the 3'° day of October, 2005, which is hereby incorporated by reference.
FIELD OF INVENTION
The present invention relates generally tv water amusement apparatus, more particularly, it relates to a water flaw control system and apparatus in which users interact with the water of the water amusement apparatus.
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
In the water park industry, typical water attractions include water ride that transport users by means of water flow from a high elevation to a low elevation, mechanical water rides that carries users in a compartment along a track through a water course, and pools with water fcari~res such as slides, artificial waves, and devices that spray water. With respect to devices that spray water, users may immerse themselves in water by positioning themselves directly in the water flowing from the spray device and/or interact safely with the water by conning through the water or disrupting the water flow. However, such spray devices are generally passive amusement devices because the spray devices are non reacrtive to any attempts by users to influence the water spray devices or to create any subsequent event from interacting with the water flow.
Applicant iS aware of water features that produce an effect such as a sound when a switch is activated. Typically, the sound is pre-recorded and the switch directly activates the sound using purely electrical means, such as a push button switch that sends an electrical signal directly to the sound generation equipment. For example, Applicant is aware of United States Patent No. 6,427,927 to Hall vuhich describes a fountain which allows the viewer to alter the fountain's water display. Applicant is also aware of PCT
International Publication No. WO 03!097255 to Christopher which describes a water fountain and method of interacting with the water to provide an auditory or visual effect.
The problem with such prior art devices is that water fountains fail to provide users with a complete, full body interactive experience with the water unlike conventional water amusement devices found at a typical water park.
Applicant is also aware of United States Patent No. 6,702,687 to Henry which describes a controller system for water amusement devices to produce water effects. The probicm with such controller system is that it fails to provide far direct user interaction with the water.
Therefore, an unaddrcsscd need for an improved control system and activation method for water amusement devices exists to overcome the inadoguacics and deficiencies in the prior art.
SUMMARY OF THE TNV NTION
It is an object of the present invention to provide a water !low control system that enables users to directly interact with the water so as to ,generate an effect.
It is a fiwther obje~~t of the present invention to provide a water flow apparatus that may be adaptable to virtually any water distribution systcxn to enables users to directly interact with the water so as to generate an effect.
In accordance with the present invention, a water flow control system comprising a water distribution system configured to deliver water from a water source to a water amusement apparatus is provided. At least one detector is coupled with the water distribution system to detect a change in the water being distributed from the water source to the water amusement apparatus. An effect generator is responsively coupled _Z_ with the detector such that when the detector detects a change in the water, the et~'eet generator produces at Least one effect.
1n an embodiment of the invartion, the detector is a flow switch configured to detest changes in the volumetric flow of water. The flow switch generates a signal when a fluctuation in the volumetric flow of water is detected. Alternatively, the detector is a pressure sensor configured to generate a signal when. the pressure sensor detests a fluctuation in water pressure, The effect generator is responsive to the signal produced by the detector by producing an ei~'ect when the effect generator receives the signal.
The effect generator comprises a controller, a data storage system, and equipment for generating the effect. The effec.-t is stored in the data storage system such that the effect is generated by the equipment wharf the controller receives the signal.
In an embodiment of the invention, the effect produced by the effect generator is an auditary effect. Alternatively, the effect produced by the effect generator is a visual effect.
Preferably, water amusement apparatus corresponds in appearance to the auditory effect.
Further, a water flow apparatus adaptable far use with a water distribution system is provided. The apparatus comprises at least one detector configured to detect changes in water being distributed through the water distribution system and an effect generator responsively coupled with the detec.-tor such that when the detector detects a change in the water, the effect generator produces at least one effect. In an embodiment of the invention, the detector is a flow switch configured to generate a signal when the flow switch detects a fluctuation in volumetric flow of water. Alternatively, the detector is a pressure sensor configured to generate a signal when the pressure sensor detects a fluctuation in water pressure. The effect generator is responsive to the signal produced by the detector by producing the effect_ The effect generator comprises a controller, a data storage system, and equipment for generating the effect. The effect is stored in the data storage system such that the effect is generated by the equipment when the controller receives the signal from the flow _3..

switch. Preferably, the effect produced by the effect generator is an auditory effect and that the water amusement apparatus corresponds in appearance to the auditory effect.
Advantageously, the water flow control system and apparatus according to the S present invention provides a novel method of activating an effect when interacting with a water amusement apparatus. instead of the user activating a switch or interacting with some other activation point on or around the water amusement apparatus, the user interacts directly with the water itself by temporarily partially or completely blocking the flow of water or otherwise interfere with the flow of water fiom the water amusement apparatus. As the water flow is partially or completely blocked or otherwise interfered with, the detector detects the drop in water flow and sends a signal to the effect generator to produce an effect such as an auditory or visual effect.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWIZVGS
The foregoing aspects and many of the attendant advantages of this invention will become better understood by reference to the following detailed description, when taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings, where:
Figure t is a schematic view of an embodiment of the water flow control system according to the present invention;
Figure 2 is a perspective view of as embodiment of a water amusement apparatus in the shape or configuration of a giraffe;
Figure 3 is a perspective view of an alternative embodiment of a water amusement apparatus in the shape or configuration of a frog;
Figure 4 is a perspective view of a further alternative embodiment of a water 3U amusement apparatus in the shape and configuration of a dragon;

Figure 5 is a perspective view of a further alternative embodiunent of a water amusement apparatus in the shape and configuration of a horn;
Figure 6 is a perspective view of a further alternative embodiment ef a water amusement apparatus in the shape and configuration of a keyboard;
Figure 7 is a perspective view of a first manifold;
Figure 8 is a sch~natic view of a first and second manifold;
Figure 9 is a cross sectional view of a flow switch Figure 10 1$ a LTUSSS Se(alanal view of a water outlet having a lip.
1'~ETA1LED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT
With reference to Figures 1 to 9, the water flaw control system 1 according to the present invention comprises a water source 10, a water distribution system 20 that distributes water from water source 10 to a water amusement apparatus 30, a detector 40, and an effect generator 50. Water amusement apparatus 30 is defined throughout this application as any stricture that enables water to be sprayed or otherwise released from the structure. Typically, watex is sprayed or otherwise released from water amusement apparatus 30 from at least one water outlet 32 (sec Figures 2 to 5 for cxa~nple). Water azrausement apparatus 30 includes but is not limited to any structure positioned above, below, or at ground level, the structure having at least one water outlet 32 for spraying or otherwise releasing water, as described in greater detail below.
In a preferred embodiment of the invention, water source 10 is coupled with or otherwise configured to provide water to water distribution system 24. Water distribution system 28 circulates water from water source 10 so as to distribute the water to water amusement apparatus 30 where the water is then sprayed or otherwise roleased from ~5-water amusement apparatus 30 through water outlet 32. Water source 10 rxzay be any water or fluid source including but not limited to a public water system or a re-circulated water treatment system. Although water source 10 may provide water that is not advisable to be wnsume~i by a usex 60 in any or large quantities, preferably, water source 10 provides potable water such that a user 60 may safely ingest the water released from water amusement apparatus 30 during interaction or use.
In an embodiment of the invention, water from water source 10 is pressurized so as to enable the water to be sprayed or othEruvise released from water amusement apparatus 30 in the form of a water effect. For example, and without intending to be limiting, a water et~'cct may be water released from water amusement apparatus 30 in the form of a mist, a continuous or pulsating stream, a spray, a waterfall, or droplets. In addition to producing water effects, water flow control systenn 1 is configured to produce a plurality of effects, including but not limited to a plurality of auditory effects and/or a plurality of visual effects, as explained in greater detail below. In a preferred embodiment of the invention, water system 20 in conjunction with effect generator 50 is configured to generate at least one effect in response to a signal received from detector 40.
Detector 4U may be coupled with or otherwise configured to work in conjunction with water system 20 to detect a change in the water such as water flow, water pressure, or water temperature. In an embodiment of the invention, detector 40 is a sensor configured to detect changes in water flow, such as but not limited to a flow switch. 1n an alternative embodiment, detector 40 is a sensor configured to detect changes in water 2S pressure, such as but not limited tv a pressure sensor. A sensor that detects changes in water flaw is configured to detect changes in volumetric flow of water available for delivery to a desired destination whereas a sensor that detects changes in water pressure is configured to detect changes in the force exerted due to a restriction of the water flow.
Preferably, detector 40 is a sensor configured to detect changes in water flow.
_(_ In the preferred exx~bodiment of the iuzvention and as seen in Figure 6, detector 40 is a flow switch 42 configured to detect a change or fluctuation in the volume of water flowing through water system 20 such as when the volume of the water flowins through water system 20 deviates frarn a predetermined threshold level by exceeding or decreasing below the predetermined threshold level. The predeterrnincd threshold level of water flow may be set between 0.1 gallons per minute and 20 gallons per minute.
Preferably, the threshold level is set at Q.S gallons per minute. When flow switch 42 detects a change or deviation in water flow compared to the predetermined threshold level of water flow, flaw switch A2 may be triggered. When flow switch 42 is triggered, a signal may be sent to effect gezterator 50 to generate an effect such as a visual and/or auditory effect in response to such change in water flow.
In an embodiment of the invention, flow switch 42 rnay be configured to maintain n first open position when the water is flowing at least at the rate of the predetermined thresho)d level. When flow switch 42 detects a change or deviation in water flow, such as a decrease in the volume of the water flowing through water system 20 below the predetermined threshold level, flow switch 42 may displace into a second position, thereby causing a change of state in flow switch 42. Other types of flow switches 42 equipped with various different types of sensors to measure the liquid flow, such as but not limited to ultrasonic and electronic sensors, are contemplated and within the scope of the present invention. As a result of the change in flow switch 42, a signal may be sent to effect generator 50 to generate an effect such as a visual andlor auditory effect. For example, when the water is flowing at Toast at the rate of the predetermined thtleshold level, flaw switch 42 may maintain a first open position but when flow switch 42 detects a change in water flow, flow switch 42 may displace into a second closed position, thereby causing an electrical circuit to complete and permit the flow of electricity. AS a result of the electrical circuit complefiing, an electrical signal may be sent to effect generator 50 to generate an effect such as a visual and/or auditory effect In an embodiment of the invention, flow switch 42 may be triggered when user 6U
partially or completely blocks ar otherwise interferes with the water being released from water amusement apparatus 30, as explained in Beater detail below.

Tn an alternative embodiment, detector 40 may be a pressure sensor configured to detect a change or fluctuation in water presszue of water flowing through water system 20 such as when the pressure of the water flowizig through water system 20 deviates fmtu a predetermined threshold level by exceeding or decreasing below the predetermined threshold level, The predetermined threshold level of water flow may be set between 0.1 pound force per square inch pnd 15 pound force per square inch. The threshold level depends on where the pressure sensor is positioned. For example, if the pressure sensor is positioned in closer relative proximity to outlet 32, the predetermined threshold level would be lower and if pressure sensor is positioned in closer relative proximity to water source 10, then the predetermined threshold level would be higher. When pressure sensor detects a change or deviation in water pressure compared to the predetermined ihrcshold level of water pressure, the pressure sensor may be triggered. When the pressure sensor is triggered, a signal may be sent to effect generator 50 to generate an ci~cet such as a visual andlor auditory effect in response to such change in water flow.
Effect generator SO is configured so as to receive and respond to a signal from detector 4U. Effect generator 50 may respond to the signal by producing at least one auditory andlor visual effect. In an embodiment of the invention, effect generator 50 may include a controller 52, a data storage system 54, and equipment 56 for generating ar presenting an effect. Controller 52 may be any device configured to receive a signal and transmit, convert, or otherwise cause the generation of an effect. Data storage system 54 may include any device capable of storing a database of a plurality of auditory andlor visual effects that may be produced andlor presented when effect generator 50 receives a signal from detector 40. For example, data storage system 54 may be a digital audio player configured to store, organize, and play at least one pre-recorded audio file.
Alternatively, data storage system 54 may be a visual storage media configured to store and play at least one pre-recorded visual file and rnay include other devices such as lighting effects to cxeate a visual effect. Equipment Sfi may include, but is not lizxzited to an audio amplifier and speakers for delivering an auditory effeu~t andlar lasers for generating and/or presenting a visual effect. When cozztroller 52 receives a signal from _g_ detector 40, wntroller 52 sends the necessary information to data storage system 54 and equipment 56 to produce an effect. For example, when user (i0 partially or completely blocks or otherwise interferes with the water being released from water amusement apparatus 30 such that a change in water is detected by detector 4p, a signal is sent to effect generator 50 to generate the production of a sound such as the souryd of an animal or a musical note that may be played through a speaker 58, 1n an embodiment of the invention, controller 52 and data storage system 54 may be a single device such as but not limited to a MP3 player Preferably, the shape andlor configuration of water amusement apparatus 30 cozresponds to the effect that may be generated by effect generator SU. For example, effect generator 50 may produce sounds of various animals, birds, or reptiles.
The shape and/or configuration of water amusement apparatus 30 that is associated with each of such animal sound.5 preferably resembles the animal corresponding to the animal sound.
hor greater clarity, 2~s seen in Figure 2, effect generator SU associated with water amusement apparatus 30 in the shape or oorAfiguration of a giraffe may be configured to generate the Fund of a giraffe. Similarly, effect generator 54 associated with water amusement apparatus 30 in the shape or configuration of a frog as seen in Figure 3 may be configured to generate the sound of a frog. Water flow control system may therefore be used as an educational tool by teaching users 60 what sounds certain animals make and visually associating the animal sound with the appearance of the animal as expressed in the shape and cvnfigurdtivn of water amusement apparatus 3D.
ether auditory effects that effect generator 50 may produce inchide musical notes produced by various musical instruments, such as a piano, violin, horn, and trumpet. As seen in Figures 5 and 6, the shape andlor configuration of water amusement apparatus 30 may resemble the musical instmment corresponding to the sound of the instrument and the musical note generated by such instrument. Water amusement apparatus 30 in the farm of a musical instrument may further include a plurality of water outlets 32 in relative close proximity to each other such that each water outlet 32 may correspond to a diLTercnt note of the musical instrument, as seen in Figures S and 6. Each time water outlet 32 is partially ar coznxpletely blocked, water flaw control system 1 enables the production of a musical note such that user fiU may play a simple tune on water amusement apparatus 30.
Further examples of auditory effects include human voices speaking or singing;
sounds generated by vehicles such as revving of an engine or screeching of tires; and any other synthesizeable and pre-reccirdable sounds such as a dinosaur's roar or laser sounds of a spaceship. Similarly, the shape and/or configuration of water amusement apparatus 30 that is associated with such sounds may resemble the source of the sound.
For exannple, ag seen in Figure 4, the sound of the dinosaur's roar may be associated with water amusement apparatus 3U in the shape and/or configuration of a dinosaur.
Preferably, the auditory effects are pre-recorded and stored in data storage system 54 for playback when a signal is received from detector 40. Effect generator 50 may also include equipment for recording sound made by user 60, for example, such that effect generator 50 may play back sound created by user 60. Effect generator 50 may also be configured to generate visual or mechanical effects. Far example, effect generator 50 may cause the flashing of lights or activate the mechanical movement of another structure within the park.
'fhe educational possibilities of water flow control system 1 are virtually endless.
For example, water amusement apparatus 30 may be in the shape and/or configuration of any letter of the alphabet. Alternatively, a plurality of letters of the alphabet may each be associated with a water outlet 32 on water amusement apparatus 30. When user blocks or interferes with the water being released from outlet 32 corresponding with, for example, the letter 'A', effect generator produces a word that starts with the letter 'A'.
Alternatively, water flow control system 1 may be configured as an educational game.
For example, user 60 may interact with water amusement apparatus 30 to trigger the start of the game which involves effect generator SO playing a sound and user finding the appropriate water amusement apparatus 30 that corresponds with the sound produced or finding the appropriate water outlet 32 associated with the sound produced and blocking or atherwise interfering with the water being released to trigger a response.
For greater clarity, effect generator 50 may produce a sound of a dog's bark and user 60 would have to find water amusement apparatus 30 in the shape and/or conffguration of a dog or find water outlet 32 associated with the picture of a dog and block or otherwise interfere with the water being released to make a correct match and trigger a response. If lhc match is correct, effect generator 50 may produce a positive auditory effect such as but limited to the sound of cheering, clapping, or a musical tune. The positive auditory effect may be in association with flashing of lights or mechanical movement of a nearby structure. If the thatch is incorrect, effect generator 50 may produce a negative effect such as but not limited to a voice saying 'try again' or the sound of a siren in association with flashing I O lights.
OPERATION
In operation, water flow control system 1 may be incorporated for use in association with virtually any conventional water amusement apparatus 30 or incorporated as a water flow control apparatus with virtually any water system conntcted to a water source. As seen in Figure 7, water system 20 may include a manifold configured to distribute water from water source 10 to water amusement apparatus 30 for release through a plurality of water outlets 32. Manifold 22 may include at least one water line 24 connected with water source 10. Manifold 22 is typically a pipe that may then divide into at least two pipe branches 25 for delivery of water to at least one water amusement apparatus 30. Typically, manifold 22, wafer line 24, and pipe brnnchex 2S ~e disposed below ground remote from water amusement apparatus 30 while water amusement apparatus 30 is positioned at ground level or above ground.
Advantageously, the remote location and configuration ofmanifold 22, water tine 24, and pipe branches 25 allow fir repair and maintenance work away fmm and with minimal affect to the functioning of the other water amusement apparatus 30.
Each pipe branch 25 typically includes a manual valve 27 for regulating the water flow in each pipe branch 25. Each pipe branch may also include a solenoid valve 29 that may be opened or closed to control the flow yr non-flow of water info each individual pipe branch 25. A main control panel 28 controls each solenoid valve 29 in each pipe branch 25 such that the water flow to each outlet 32 and/or water amusement apparatus may be controlled. By directing water flow into each pipe branch 25, via solenoid valve 29, water amusement apparatus 30 may spray or otherwise release wafer acc;c~rding to a pre-determined sequence of water effects. Preferably, solenoid valve 29 is electrically actuated and automated by a valve controller according to a pre-determined sequence.
For example, when the valve controller opens solenoid valve 29 for pipe branch 25a, pressurized water may flow from pipe line 24 through valve 27 and solenaid valve 29 and along pipe branch 25a for release through water outlets 32 of water amusement apparatus 30. When the water is sprayed or otherwise released from water amusement apparatus 30, the water may be quickly drained away from the spray area. In an embodiment of the invention, the water drained from the spray area may then be treated and re-circulated through a water treatment system.
In an embodiment of the inventian, as seen in Figure $, a s~ond manifold 22a may be coupled with a single pipe branch 25a. Second manifold 22a enables a plurality of water amusement apparatus 30 to be made available in an area, such as a water park, and for such plurality of water amusem~t apparatus 30 to he controlled by main control panel 28. Each pipe branch 25b of second manifold 22a may include a second solenoid valve 29a so as to control the flow of water into each individual pipe branch 25b to each outlet 32. Dc~xor 40 may also be coupled with pipe branch 25b such that an effect may be generated in the manner discussed above Independent generation of multiple effects at a single outlet 32 may also be made possible. Far exsunple, second manifold may enable user 60 to interact with outlet 32a to play a plurality of different sound effects each time user 60 interacts with outlet 32a. For greater clarity and by way of example, if outlet 32a is associated with the letter 'A', a first interaction by user fi0 with outlet 32a will generate a voice speaking a word starting with the letter 'A' and a second interaction by user GO with outlet 32a will generate a voice speaking a second word starting with the letter 'A'. Similarly, user 60 may move on to interact with outlet 32b associated with the Letter 'B' and each time user 60 interacts with outlet 32b, a voice speaks a different word starting with the letter 'B'. Alternatively, detector 40 may cau,~;a solenoid valve 29a to temporarily disrupt the flow of water when a change in water is detected.
Preferably, second manifold is coupled with pipe branch 25a between solenoid valve 29 and water amusement apparatus 30.
When water is flowing through water system 20, detector 40 or flow switch 42 is held open if the water flow exceeds the pro-dctcrmincd threshold level.
However, when user 60 partially or completely blocks or otherwise interferes with the flow of water released from a water outlet 32 of water amusement apparatus 30, the rate of water flow in the particular pipe line delivering water to water outlet 32 temporarily decreases or stops, causing flow switch 42 to be triggered. A signal generated by the triggering of flow switch 42 may be sent to effect generator 50 where controller 52 communicates with data storage system 54 and equipment 56 to produce an effect, such as an auditory or visual effect.
Advantageously, to generate an effect, user 60 physically interacts with the water being sprayed or otherwise released tcom water amusement apparatus 30. By using the user's body to partially or completely block or otherwise interfere with the flow of water from water amusement apparatus 30, detector 40 or flow switch 42 maybe triggered so as to cxcate ihc effect. Preferably, only a minimal amount of force is required to partially or completely block or otherwise interfere with the flow of water from water amusement apparatus 30 to trigger detector 40 or flow switch 42 so that even a young child may physically be able to partially or completely block the flow of water. In an embodiment of the invention and as seen in Figure 7, a lip 70 surrounding water outlet 32 is provided so as to enable user 60 to partially or completely block the water flow more easily. Lip 70 creates a small central depression where the water sprays out. Preferably, lip 70 is slightly protruding and rounded to provide a positive surface against which user 60 xnay apply pressure to partially or completely block the ttow.
rrom the foregoing description, it may be seen the water flow control system and apparatus formed in accordance with the present invention incorporates many navel features and offers significant advantages over those currently available.
While the prcscntly preferred embodiment of the xnvemnon has been illustrated and described, it is to be understood that within the scope of the appended claims, various ehaz~es can be made therein without departing from the Scope of the invention.

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1. A water flow control system comprising:
a) a water distribution system configured to deliver water from a water source to a water amusement apparatus;

b) at least one detector coupled with said water distribution system, said at least one detector configured to detect a change in water distributed from said water source to said water amusement apparatus; and c) an effect generator responsively coupled with said at least one detector wherein when said at least one detector detects said change in water, said effect generator produces at least one effect.
2. The water flow control system of claim 1 wherein said at least one detector is a flow switch, said flow switch configured to generate a signal when said flow switch detects a fluctuation in volumetric flow of water.
3. The water flow control system of claim 1 wherein said at least one detector is a pressure sensor, said pressure sensor configured to generate a signal when said pressure sensor detects a fluctuation in water pressure.
4. The water flow control system of one of claims 2 or 3 wherein said affect generator is responsive to said signal, said effect generator producing said at least one effect when said effect generator receives said signal.
5. The water flow control system of claim 6 wherein said effect generator further comprises a controller, a data storage system, and equipment for generating said at least one effect.

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6, The water flow control system of claim 7 wherein said at least one effect is stored in said data storage system such that said at least one effect is generated by said equipment when said controller receives said signal.
7. The water flow control system of claim 8 wherein said at least one effect produced by said effect generator is an auditory effect.
8. The water flow control system of claim 8 wherein said at least one effect produced by said effect generator is a visual effect.
9. The water flow control system of claim 9 wherein said water amusement apparatus corresponds in appearance to said auditory effect.
10. A water flow apparatus adaptable for use with a water distribution system said apparatus comprising:

a) at least one detector coupleable with said water distribution system, said at least one detector configured to detect a change in water flowing through said water distribution system; and b) an effect generator responsively coupled with said detector wherein when said at least one detector detects said change in water, said effect generator produces at least one effect
11. The water flow apparatus of claim 10 wherein said at least one detector is a flow switch, said flow switch configured to generate a signal when said flow switch detects a fluctuation in volumetric flow of water.
12. The water flow apparatus of claim 10 wherein said at least one detector is a pressure sensor, said pressure sensor configured generate a signal when said pressure sensor detects a fluctuation in water pressure.
13. The water flow apparatus of one of claims 11 or 12 wherein said effect generator is responsive to said signal, said effect generator producing said at least one effect when said effect generator receives said signal.
14. The water flow apparatus of claim 13 wherein said effect generator further comprises a controller, a data storage system, and equipment for generating said at least one effect.
15. The water flow apparatus of Claim 14 wherein said at least one effect is stored in said data storage system such that said at least one effect is generated by said equipment when said controller receive said signal from said flow switch.
16. The water flow apparatus control of claim 15 wherein said at least one effect produced by said effect generator is an auditory effect.
17. The water flow apparatus control of claim 16 wherein said water amusement apparatus corresponds in appearance to said auditory effect.
18. A water flow control system for a water park, the water flow control system comprising:

a) a water distribution system configured to deliver water from a water source to a water amusement apparatus such that water from said water source may be released from said water amusement apparatus;

b) at least one detector coupled with said water distribution system, said at least one detector configured to detect a change in water being distributed from said water source to said water amusement apparatus; and c) an digital audio player responsively coupled with said detector wherein when said detector detects said change in water, said digital audio player plays back a pre-recorded auditory effect.
19. The water flow control system for a water park of claim 18 wherein said at least one detector is a flow switch, said flow switch configured to generate a signal when said flow switch detects a fluctuation in volumetric flow of water.
20. The water flow control system for a water park of claim 18 wherein said at least one detector is a pressure sensor, said pressure sensor configured generate a signal when said pressure sensor detects a fluctuation in water pressure.
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