SATO introduces innovative hand washing solution
Lixil has committed $ 1 mn for the accelerated rollout of the product to fight COVID-19
SATO, Lixil Group Corporation’s social business that aims to solve water, sanitation, and hygiene problems by providing affordable and easy-to-install sanitation systems to local communities around the world, has introduced its new handwashing solution called the SATO Tap.
“The COVID-19 situation underscores the vast inequities in access to water, sanitation, and hygiene for households in Asia and globally. We know that washing your hands with soap is one of the effective interventions against disease transmission. By bringing SATO’s design and engineering expertise, combined with global Lixil support, we aim to accelerate this new handwashing innovation to market, making it available to households to reinforce handwashing behaviour change and to refine it for long-term offering in the SATO product portfolio,” said Erin McCusker, VP & head of SATO.
SATO has worked with partners during the design process, receiving valuable technical inputs and helping to validate the efficacy of the SATO Tap design, which consists of a plastic base with a nozzle that can be fitted with widely available plastic bottles. It is compact and can be used both within the home and as a handwashing station at public facilities. The unique design ensures minimal contact between the user and the tap, thereby reducing the spread of disease, while the trickle action minimises water use, meaning fewer refills, while maintaining a solid flow of water.
In addition to providing an affordable handwashing facility to disadvantaged households through the SATO Tap, Lixil’s existing partnership with UNICEF will also expand activities in handwashing and sanitation in response to COVID-19. These activities range from collection of commercial and behavioral insights to strengthen behavior change, joint advocacy to promote hygiene programming and maximising existing public and private sector networks and supply chains to expand access to handwashing.
The first SATO Taps will be manufactured in India, and will be made available for partners in September 2020, with ramp up of production and retail availability through early 2021. Lixil is also working to establish other licensing partners to expand to other markets globally.