Tye Works Advanced Hand Wash System
The Tye Works Advanced Hand Wash System is a hands-free, portable washing station.
The Tye Works Advanced Hand Wash System is a portable tap with a hose and foot pump that is slipped over the rim of a bucket. There is a holder for soap attached to the tap. The end of the hose is connected to a water tank (or other water source) and the user can then make water flow by stepping on the rubber bulb.
The Advance Hand Wash System is targeted towards the North American market but it can be applied anywhere. International humanitarian organizations are a growing customer base.Interview with Manufacturer in 2017
Goal 6: Clean water and sanitation
Target users include individuals and households without access to running water such as campers, people undertaking outdoor activities and people in humanitarian crisis zones.
The product is mass-produced in the United States.
Several thousand units sold to date. Interview with Manufacturer in 2017
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 tap is attached to a bucket and the hose is put in a water source. By using the foot pump, water flows through the tap making handwashing possible. A holder for a soap bottle is on the tap and the product comes with a bag to transport the equipment in. The pump supplies 25-30 mL each time the foot pump is stepped on.Interview with Manufacturer in 2017
Metal parts are made of aluminum, copper, and stainless steel. The pump is made of rubber and the hose from vinyl, and the bucket and water tank are not part of the system.
The manufacturer offers complete support regarding spare parts and full refurbishment of the system and individual components. Interview with Manufacturer in 2017
All components are replaceable and offered by the manufacturer.
The critical point of the system is the rubber bulb pump which is more easily worn down than the metal parts. The vinyl hose can also be damaged if not handled properly. The manufacturer estimates a lifetime of 3-4 years in constant use. The manufacturer offers a lifetime warranty on the metal parts. Interview with Manufacturer in 2017
Manufacturer specified performance targets include: portable, manually driven, lightweight, and small. Additionally, the use of the foot to pump water reduces the potential for bacterial spread. Interview with Manufacturer in 2017
The Advanced Hand Wash System has been tested by Camp Trend in the field, citing 4 to 5 foot pumps to build pressure and produce a reliable stream of water.
The Advanced Handwashing System has been tested by the manufacturer and individual customers in different settings around the world such as campsites, forests, and mountains.
There are no safety concerns with use of this product.
Additional components include a bucket and a water tank for source water storage and handwashing basin.
A 16″ extension of the hose is available for an additional 4 USD.
The product was evaluated by the manufacturer for usability through various field tests.
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