We're just getting started.
We aspire to the be go-to provider of innovative solutions for global partners combating poverty. The demand for humanitarian engineering solutions is growing, and we have quite a few things up our sleeve. One thing is for certain, the LifePump is just the beginning.
Another way to provide water to a community, besides a hand pump, is to pump water to a tank or capture water from a spring and distribute the water to communities via water tap stands. A weak link in these systems is the valve used to dispense water. When these valves leak or break, water is wasted, tanks are emptied, and fresh water comes into contact with contaminated hands. According to the World Bank, 45 million cubic meters of water are lost daily due to water leakage in these systems. That's enough water to meet the basic water needs of 640 million people.
The LifeTap solves these issues by providing a reliable self-closing valve that is robust enough to handle the wear and tear of a community tap stand. LifeTap provides a seal to stop water when closed, and it has an anti-microbial surface that helps counteract contamination.
LifeTap is being field-tested in Haiti and Kenya, with the first LifeTaps being deployed in May of 2018.