The SpaTap is a small silicon device that is attached to a bottle to convert it to a tap or shower.
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.
SpaTap targets the whole world but the product is patented in Australia and distributed from there. For individuals, it is sold from the SpaTap website and shipped to Australia, UK and USA. Concerning humanitarian work, it has been distributed in Kenya and India. It is also targeted towards emergency settings and hence has been implemented in Vanatau and Nepal.
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.
The market suggested retail price depends on the amount ordered and if a strap is included or not. On the SpaTap webshop the prices mentioned range from 20 USD per product to 25 USD per product depending on if you buy 1 or more, up to 7. The lowest unit price of 5.5 USD is for big orders without a strap included. There is potential for local production of straps.
Goal 6: Clean water and sanitation
Individuals without access to piped water such as campers and communities in rural settings in the global south. The product is also specially targeted towards users in water scarce regions and/or emergency situations.
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.
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.
Over 100,000interview 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 SpaTap measures 9cm x 9cm and is made of UV Stable, food & water grade silicone. The hanging strap is made from Velcro and it has a nylon cord and a cord lock toggle.
The SpaTap is attached to the opening of a bottle(works for different sizes and materials). Water flows from holes in the tap as the user opens the tap. There are 4 different flow modes, hence the user can adjust how fast water will flow depending on the purpose of use. With the slowest mode it takes about 13 minutes to empty a 1.25 L bottle, which is enough for up to 100 hand washes. (the flow rate is also dependent on what type of size the lid of the bottle has, therefore different numbers of times concerning emptying of the same amount of water can be found)interview with manufacturer
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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.
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
There has been no lab test done. The manufacturer based quality of performance on internal testing and client trials and experiences.
Water bottle, Strap
The manufacturer has had no experiences of problems with local regulationsinterview with manufacturer
Evaluation of the product performance is done by flow rates, number of hand washes per liter water, cost, lifetime and user friendliness.
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