30 Jul

HELIOZ in India

Smart Village Movement and HELIOZ are partnering to ensure safe handwashing with the Safe Tap technology 

In times like these, when the world is in fear of a global pandemic washing your hands becomes even more critical than it was before. Not all people have access to clean water to do so. Only three out of five people worldwide have a simple possibility to wash their hands. Nearly three-quarters of people in the countries of the Global South do not have basic handwashing facilities at home.

The Safe Tap project was brought to life to ensure safe handwashing. The project collaborates between the Smart Village Movement, Meghalaya & HELIOZ for the pilot implementation of Safe Tap technology as a community solution for handwashing in 14 villages in Meghalaya. It is about giving people the opportunity to wash correctly in countries where it is not possible otherwise. The project does not only help with increasing awareness and sanitation measures but supports the vital measures to fight COVID 19. The project's primary focus is on efficient (water-saving) handwashing, and this is a crucial step to curb the pandemic.

A Memorandum of Understanding between HELIOZ and the Smart Village Movement was signed in March 2021. Currently, the project is in the preparation phase. The companies will roll it out with the distribution of Safe Tap technology, which is expected to be ready by the 4th quarter of 2021.

Utkarsh Sethia is the project manager of Safe Tap in India and has direct access to the people and places. He has been a part of it since the very start and has faced all difficulties and new milestones. The major roadblock is sourcing appropriate canisters in which Safe Tap can be fitted, Utkarsh says.

The easy application of the Safe Tap product on all DIN 96 orifice canisters makes it ideally suited for rural communities. Safetap is cost-efficient and simple and needs no turning off after its use.

Once Safe Tap is installed, the Community in Meghalaya and, in particular, the schools & Health care centres will benefit from the project. Out of the 45 Safe Taps that will be pilot implemented in the villages, 30 of them will be pilot implemented in Anganwadis and schools and 7 in health care institutes.