Kenyan graduate invents hands-free water dispenser

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June 24, 2020

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Kenyan graduate invents hands-free water dispenser

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Kenya

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June 24, 2020

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A Kenyan university graduate has invented an automatic hand-washing machine to prevent the spread of COVID-19. When 27-year-old James Nyakera heard about the coronavirus pandemic, he soon realised that the disease spreads rapidly when villagers have to use the same tap. His invention means citizens can tap water and use soap without actually touching anything.

The system may look rudimentary, but it is actually quite smart. It works using electricity, but can also be run off-grid on solar energy. The tap has a sensor which senses the warmth of the hands. Then it dispenses liquid soap and water runs for 20 seconds. It automatically switches off so no water is wasted.

Roll out

 

Using communal sanitation facilities is a major hazard in developing countries. By washing their hands, people are doing the right thing. But they could still end up becoming infected from a contaminated tap or soap container. The system uses local materials so it can be constructed elsewhere too.

The Kenya Bureau of Standards and the local public health office have given the go ahead for the ten dispensers to be rolled out at a local shopping centre.

Fight Covid-19 Wash your hands

Scale up production

 

Nyakera hopes to attract sponsors to scale up production. He is concerned that there are many bright minds in Kenya who do not get the chance to innovate due to lack of funds. His invention, however, might just change all that as local Governor Mwangi wa Iria  says:

“We will engage this young man and his technology and see how best we can move to the next level for both his benefit as an innovator and the society currently hit by the virus.”
 

If you can help Nyakera scale up his invention, get in touch.

 

Photos: Christopher Wachanga