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We are modifying the existing water tap system to create a no touch cost effective solution for developing countries. Health Care Associated Infections (HCAI) affect over 15% of hospitalized patients in developing countries. Most of the infections can be mitigated by effective hand hygiene. The same applies to potent disease spread in public facilities like toilets as well as areas with incidences of infectious disease outbreaks.
Hand hygiene is made more efficient through the use of automated water and antiseptic dispensing systems. However, most of the automatic water supply systems on the market are expensive and utilize electricity, and hence their adoption has been low in developing countries. We propose a foot operated ‘automatic’ water supply system for use dubbed the PedalTap, a water dispensing system actuated by a foot-pedal.
Its advantages are;
- No hand contact as the actuation is done by stepping on the foot pedal,
- eliminates human errors,
- it is easy to operate,
- it is a permanent mechanism,
- Manual system works well in developing countries since there is no or minimal running cost,
- reduction in water wastage since water only flows with applied force as soon as it is removed then it instantly closes.
The foot pedal controlled valve can be installed within hospitals, public places such as toilets within city buildings, hotels, schools, churches, individual homes and industries. Good health is in our hands so let us wash our hands with PedalTap