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Happy World Water Day!

As you probably know, Water and Sanitation is a principal Area of Focus for Rotary, in the past and in the Future Vision.   Simple methods – aka “appropriate technology” – are often better than any fancy “American” method.  Here is just such a simple method, from India, called Tippy Tap. It readily solves a big problem affecting health and well-being in developing countries, using readily available and free or inexpensive pieces.  And saves lots of water in doing so.

First, thanks to Rotarian Scott Mills of GeoDesign for bringing this to all of our attention.  Watch the video below to learn more about the Tippy Tap – and pass along this idea to every Rotary club and NGO (nonprofit) you are in contact with. Especially for schools or any water or sanitation project.

The tippy tap is a hands free way to wash your hands that is especially appropriate for rural areas where there is no running water. It is operated by a foot lever and thus reduces the chance for bacteria transmission as the user touches only the soap. It uses only 40 millilitres of water to wash your hands versus 500 millilitres using a mug. Additionally, the used “waste” water can go to plants or back into the water table.

Stew Martin
Water & Sanitation Coordinator

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