PedalTap is a hands-free water dispensing device.
The PedalTap is a foot operated hand washing system that is to be installed on a sink. Water is dispensed from the tap when the user pushes down the pedal with their foot. Since there is no need for touching a tap, bacterial spread is decreased. Using the system also reduces water consumption. A video introducing the product is found here.
Uganda is the first targeted country.
PedalTap. During the pilot phases the Pedaltap was installed in 8 facilities in Kampala including a hospital, public toilets and a university.
The product is not yet available on the open market but sales will start in the end of 2017.interview with manufacturer
Goal 6: Clean water and sanitation
The product can be installed on every sink but is extra targeted on shared bathrooms such as public toilets and toilets in hospitals, schools and churches.
A factory will produce the PedalTap when it goes into production in the end of 2017.Interview with manufacturer
Patent in progress.Interview with manufacturer
The product will mainly be installed in common bathrooms so the owner of the bathroom will provide the product to its visitors. It will also be possible for households and individuals to buy the product.
28 prototypes were installed in public spaces in Kampala (including the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA’s public toilets and school), Mulago National Referral hospital, Makerere University School of Public Health (MakSPH) and Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI)) during the two pilot phases.During that period over 1000 people used the PedalTap.Interview with manufacturer
Material the station is made of
Mechanism which dispenses water
Is there an attached soap dispenser?
Volume of water used each time hand washing
The prototypes have been made in steel but they are currently looking into using stainless steel and/or other suitable materials for production.Interview with manufacturer
Below is a blueprint of the pedaltap construction:
The owner of the PedalTap is responsible for maintenance. The skills needed to repair PedalTap is not above a general technicians so plumbers will be able to service the product. PedalTap will assist in the first installations and a manual is under development.Interview with manufacturer
The PedalTap is designed to be easy to maintain and replace worn out components. Spare parts such as the spring used in the construction will be available from PedalTap.Interview with manufacturer
The PedalTap has no estimated lifetime. The component that is first worn out is usually the spring that normally lasts for 6 months to a year. This and other parts are easily replacable so that the lifetime of the PedalTap can be continuously prolonged.Interview with manufacturer
PedalTap is designed to reduce disease spread, water usage and be easy to operate.Interview with manufacturer
Water use is reduced by half when using the PedalTap compared to a normal tap. This was tested by comparing total water amount used during a certain time period with PedalTap and with a normal tap. With a normal tap people turn on the water and then start to take soap, another problem is that people leave the tap open because they do not want to touch and turn it off. The reduced water consumption was one of the main positive feedbacks from implementors during the pilots.Interview with manufacturer
The PedalTap is installed on a sink with piped water or water tank.
No third-party evaluation
The PedalTap team has also made a MobilePedalTap similar to PedalTap but that should be connected to a water tank. It is targeted towards humanitarian emergency interventions and mobile events where piped water is not available.
A BBC reportage about the PedalTap is found here.
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