How tippy taps work
Tippy taps are easy to build, and even simpler to use, bringing contactless handwashing stations to villages and schools globally. They are easily maintained and can be built from materials found locally.
A tippy tap can be created with just a five-litre water container, a few poles or long sticks, some string and some soap. In communities where soap is not available, wood ash, sand or soil can be used instead.
First, a pole is placed through the handle of the container, which is then held up by two other poles, one on each side.
A hole is made in the cap of the container and a piece of string is pulled through, then tied to a stick which is placed on the floor. This stick acts as a pedal, tipping the container forward.
A hole in the container just under the cap allows water to slowly flow out.
Soap is then tied to the tap with some string, and the tippy tap is ready to use.