The Windhoek Tippy Tap Challenge is won! The initiative has built 2298 tippy taps in Windhoek’s informal settlements in only three weeks. 2020 taps were the goal.
28 producers who all live in the informal settlements built the hand washing devices in their neighbourhoods. Mainly recycled materials were used. The initiative’s website https://tippytapchallenge.wordpress.com lists all tippy taps, show photos of them and explains the device and how to use it in English, Afrikaans and Oshiwambo.
Washing hands with soap has been the most important advice to stay safe from COVID19. A tippy tap is therefore a good solution for living situations without running water. For a tippy tap, a water container hangs on a frame and is connected with a string to a pedal on the ground. When pushing the pedal with your foot, the container tips and water runs. You can now wash your hands without touching a tap.
The initiative is part of the “Living Permaculture” project which supports innovative design and develops solutions for everyday living in informal settlements. Most of the producers have been working with the project for a while and have had the chance to gain experience in designing and building prototypes for solutions like household grey water filters or solar ovens.