17 Aug SpaTap creater Stuart Mason heralded by BBC Dragon’s Den for ‘humanitarian product’
SpaTap is a Handwashing and Showering Solution to improve sanitation in outdoor situations, already successful in camping, defence and deployed in disater zones and developing countries worldwide.
SpaTap creater Stuart Mason was interviewed by BBC experts on Sunday 14th August, all of whom heralded the product as having potential to improve sanitation and hygiene.
“I can totally see on the humanitarian side or in the developing world you could end up supplying quite a large number to water and sanitation projects.” Nick Jenkins
“I think it’s a really cool product. It clearly works. I can see last year at Glastonbury there are quite a lot of us that could have done with it.” Sarah Willingham
“I think it’s a great idea, and I like it.” Touker Suleyman
Diarrhea kills over 2 thousand children daily: more than AIDS, malaria, and measles combined .
Diarrhea accounts for 1 in 9 child deaths worldwide, making diarrhea the second leading cause of death among children under the age of 5. The death rate for children with diarrhea is 11 times higher than children with HIV.
According to WaterAid, Hygienic practices such as handwashing with soap and water, can reduce the risk of diarrhoea by half.
Cross contamination of germs is an issue with using any shared tap. The solution SpaTap presents is threefold. Ideally, everyone has their own SpaTap. Where this is not possible and handwashing is required in communal settings, like washing hands before lunch at school, the SpaTap can be left running, using minimal water to provide hundreds of hand washes.
Where a tap is used for individuals, the SpaTap can be washed down after use with soap or an anti-bacterial agent.
SpaTap believe that every child deserves to have access to a tap for clean water and basic santitation.
As such the company vision is to ensure that every school and hospital in the developing world has access to a personal SpaTap to dispense clean water. Mason says, ‘We belive access to something as basic as a tap with running water is a basic human right and we provide that with our portable, water saving device!’