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
SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation
Market Suggested Retail Price
Target Users (Target Impact Group)
Distributors / Implementing Organizations
Tye Works sells the product directly via their website but it is also accessible on retail sites such as Amazon and Etsy. Implementing organizations include internal humanitarian organizations such as Oxfam America and Samaritans purse.
The product is mass-produced in the United States.
Intellectural Property Type
User Provision Model
Users can acquire the Advanced Handwashing System directly from Tye Works and online retailers (Amazon, Etsy).
Distributions to Date Status
Several thousand units sold to date. Interview with Manufacturer in 2017
Copper, brass, stainless steel, plastic
Manual foot pump
Soap container built-in (yes/no)
Water volume per use (L)
Each full stroke with the pump supplies 25-30 mL. A manufacturer estimate is 100-150 mL for a handwash with soap. Interview with Manufacturer in 2017
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 Parameters
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
Vetted Performance Status
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.
There are no safety concerns with use of this product.
Complementary Technical Systems
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.