162014Oct
Moving beyond the tippy tap

Moving beyond the tippy tap

The tippy tap is a ubiquitous device in many rural, developing communities.

Comprised of a suspended bottle or jug filled with water and a lever used to release small amount of water, the tippy tap can take many forms but the function is the same — to provide a convenient hand-washing station. And it serves that purpose quite well. The tippy tap can be created by children, sourced from local materials, and is inexpensive to produce. This and other similar hand-washing devices can be used to spark a conversation about hygiene, but they do not necessarily facilitate the crucial, long-term adoption of hand-washing as a habit.