Updated on August 19, 2019


Created on April 18, 2018


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The SpaTap is a small silicon device that is attached to a bottle to convert it to a tap or shower.

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Product Description

The SpaTap is a small silicon device that is attached to a bottle and converts it into a flow controllable tap or shower. It is made to minimize water use and has 4 flow modes. The SpaTap has been made for water scarce contexts to improve sanitary conditions and is used both as a stationary tap and for temporary use while traveling.

Market Suggested Retail Price


Distributors / Implementing Organizations

The product is sold directly from the manufacturer to individuals. For humanitarian purposes, it is sold to and distributed by NGOs and governmental agencies such as International Transformation Foundation (ITF) in Kenya and The Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT?). It has been used in emergency settings in Vanatau and Nepal.

Manufacturing/Building Method

Mass produced in Australia by SpaTap. The production capacity is 20,000 or 60,000 SpaTaps per months depending on which production machine they use.

Intellectural Property Type

Patent Protected

User Provision Model

SpaTap is sold directly to individuals from SpaTaps webpage. It is purchased in bulk and distributed to end users for free or at a low cost by NGOs and government agencies for humanitarian purposes. For example, the Australian Department for Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) have purchased large shipments from SpaTap to use in response to international humanitarian crisis.

Distributions to Date Status

Over 100,000interview with manufacturer

Technical Support

Contact the manufacturer

Replacement Components

This product is one piece and one strap. The most likely need for replacement is the strap, which may break, but can be purchased separately or assembled by the user on their own.


Made to last for a lifetime and hence there are no disposal guidelines. Manufacturer claims it can be recycled and if burned the silicone will be reduced to a non toxic ashinterview with manufacturer.

Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters

A strength test has shown that a van can drive over SpaTap and it remains functional to dispense water. On the slowest setting, a 1.25 L bottle should last for about 13 minutes or up to 100 hand washes. A 15 litre bottle can dispense a shower that lasts 2 hours and 36 minutes Furthermore, the manufacturer claims the product to be easy to use and appealing to children.interview with manufacturer

Vetted Performance Status




Complementary Technical Systems

Water bottle, Strap

Academic Research and References


Compliance with regulations

The manufacturer has had no experiences of problems with local regulationsinterview with manufacturer

Other Information

SpaTap is mentioned as an emerging WASH technology in the Humanitarian Innovation Funds report "WASH in emergencies, problem exploration report" An example of SpaTap mentioned in media: Growthbusiness

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