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.
Targeted towards the North American market but it can be applied anywhere. International humanitarian organizations are a growing customer base.Interview with manufacturer
Goal 6: Clean water and sanitation
Individuals and households without access to running water such as campers, people doing outdoor activities and people in humanitarian crisis zones.
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Several thousand units soldInterview 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
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. Each stroke with the pump supplies 25-30 mL of water Interview with manufacturer .
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 onInterview with manufacturer. It is possible to buy an 16″ extension of the hose for 4USD.
The manufacturer offers complete support regarding spare parts and full refurbishment of the system and individual components. There is a life time warranty on the metal parts.Interview with manufacturer
All components are replaceable and offered by the manufacturer.
The critical point of the system is the the rubber bulb pump which is much easier 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.Interview with manufacturer
By providing a light weight and small hand washing system that is foot operated hygiene can be improved during outdoor activities. Using a foot to pump the water instead of a tap reduces bacterial spread and inclusion of a soap holder simplifies and encourages the use of soap or hand sanitizer which further stimulates bacterial removal. The pump gives 25-30 mL per full stroke.Interview with manufacturer
Tested by manufacturer and individual customers in different parts and settings in the world such as camp sites, forests and mountains.
A bucket and a water tank
Field tests performed by manufacturer and users for usability.
Portable and manually driven are advantages in remote regions. It is a health advantage with a hand washing system where hands are not needed to turn on and off water.Several reviews exist on Amazon and Etsy. Reviews were very positive with high grading. Practical aspects such as light weight and easy-to-use were highlighted as positives. Reviewers also state that it was popular with kids which is positive when it comes to promoting hand washing among children. Some reviewers wish to have a longer hose.
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