The reason that so many water systems in developing communities fail is very simple but often overlooked: The Faucets!¬†Traditional faucets fail frequently, are expensive to buy and costly to maintain, and are also easily contaminated by touch.
Designed and trademarked by Bank On Rain, solves these problems. The FullStop is inexpensive, easy to operate, easy to maintain, reduces contamination, and eliminates water waste.
Bank On Rain’s first hand experience with faucets at our installation in Sierra Leone was the inspiration for developing the Fullstop. The faucets we initially installed were expensive and had multiple moving parts, because they had been designed for First World use. Within three months, two of the ten faucets had failed! And shortly after more began to fail. Subsequent research and a survey of the NGOs’ water systems confirmed what we found out first hand: First World faucets are a huge factor in water project failure!
Without Bank On Rain’s on the ground follow-up and monitoring the water system would have remained broken and out of use.¬†To solve these problems, our founder Mike Williamson invented and trademarked the Fullstop¬†Faucet¬†
How the¬†Fullstop saves water and lives:
The Fullstop¬†Faucet saves water because it is self-closing. It has only one moving part which is easy to repair. Many water systems fail because the faucets are left on, they break and remain broken or they are stolen (expensive faucets are a target for thieves).
The¬†Fullstop¬†Faucet¬†reduces or eliminates the problem of re-contamination. The tap is operated with a plunger that remains in the stream of clean water. This solution has been shown to eliminate up to 85% of bacteria. Simply removing the hands from the water stream stops the water flow which means there is absolutely no contact with a valve handle that has been touched by someone else’s dirty hands.
Bank On Rain is exploring options for manufacturing the Fullstop¬†in Africa and India, licensing the design to exiting businesses or helping start new ones. It is¬†approved as a viable project for funding¬†by the¬†Peer Water Exchange.¬†Here is our video demo (coming soon).
Bank On Rain is actively seeking donors or partners for manufacturing the faucets for testing. Testing of the Fullstop Faucet¬†will be implemented by many of the 100 Peer Water Exchange members in functioning water installations in developing countries. The performance of the faucets will be tracked and we will be posting updates here.
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