What is a PedalTap?
‘PedalTap’, is an affordable portable hands free foot operated water tap dispensing system.
The PedalTap technology is modifying the existing water tap system to create a no touch cost effective solution for developing countries that reduces the growth and frequency of potent and infectious diseases spread like flu, cholera, Ebola on existing taps. Effectve hand hygiene contributes 60% reduction in hospital care associated infectious and potent diseases spread in public faclities.
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,
- Reduced water wastage since water only flows with applied force as soon as it is removed then it instantly closes.
A Mobile PedalTap
A Mobile PedalTap is an affordable portable hands free foot operated water tap dispensing system.This system can be connected to the bigger water tanks that could be installed in humanitarian emergency situations like refugee camps. Our use case segments include, General Health, Public spaces, Humanitarian assistance/ general emergency, mobile events/ gatherings.Some of these segments are within areas that do not have water systems hence our new product the mobile PedalTap with the system that can be connected on any size of tank used for water storage. This system can be connected to the bigger water tanks that could be installed in humanitarian emergency situations like refugee camps.
We have currently installed 8 prototypes in public places vulnerable to infectious and potent disease spread at water points around Uganda’s Capital of Kampala e.g. Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA’s public toilets and school), Mulago National Referral hospital, Makerere University School of Public Health (MakSPH) and Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI). During this user experimental stage, over 1,000 people have used the PedalTaps.
The user feedback is informing further refinement of the prototype that is more robust, technically feasible, sustainable and profitable.
The PedalTap student team funded the Needfinding exercise and local fabrication of the initial prototype.
The team has leveraged partnerships with organizations such as the Innovation Consortium Limited who supported proof of concept. Furthermore, the team has been in position to apply and participate in other international competitions like the Big IDEAS competition by UC Berkeley where we won a price under the Global Health Category of $ 5,000.
The team is also a beneficiary of Makerere University School of Public Health ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) where they worn a grant of $5,000. These funds are being used to develop the 8 prototypes that we have piloted for user experiment feedback.
We are continuously soliciting for additional funding to support piloting and scaling of this innovation.