Dr. Jim Watt

The TippyTap is a hands-free hand-washing station constructed using locally available materials.

Product description Brand name and product description

The TippyTap is a hands free way to wash your hands that is especially appropriate for rural areas where there is no running water. It is operated by a foot lever and thus reduces the chance for bacteria transmission as the user touches only the soap. It uses only 40 millilitres of water to wash your hands versus 500 millilitres using a mug. Additionally, the used “waste” water can go to plants or back into the water table.

Target region(s) Target region for distribution/implementation (listed by country if specified)

TippyTap can be adapted and built to suit the needs from locally available materials worldwide.

Distributors/implementing organizations Organization(s) distributing/deploying this product directly to communities/individuals?"

Not applicable. Anyone can access the online manual on how to make your own TippyTap.

Market suggested retail price Price per unit or service price per usage/terms (USD). Subsidies noted.

The construction costs of the Tippy Tap are in the range of 0 USD if second hand materials are used, 2-4 USD if new materials are purchased.

Competitive landscape Similar products available on the market. May not be a comprehensive listing.


SDG targeted United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targeted with this product/application/service

Goal 6: Clean water and sanitation

Target user(s) Target user/consumer base (country, income segment)

Communities, households, individuals, public institutions and groups with no access to running water and soap for hand-washing.

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