Open taps with your legs for washing hands; innovations during COVID-19
Kochi: The first important lesson during the coronavirus resistance is to keep washing hands at regular intervals. 'Mathrubhumi' also is being part of this cleanliness mission with a little extra care. Hand washing centres with taps that can be controlled with legs have been opened in front of Kaloor Mathrubhumi Books and near Mathrubhumi office in Manjummel.
Mathrubhumi set up the hand washing centres in cooperation with Iris Alternative Solutions. The taps that can be operated with legs are set up with the intention to reduce wastage of water. The innovative tap named Iris LOWT (Leg Operated Water Tap) is the brainchild of Kozhikode native Babu Mathew. He thought of the idea after seeing his wife struggling to operate the tap with her hands full of plates and thereby water being wasted.
The new tap can be installed by fixing a small pedestal at home. This will help operate the tap with a pedestal. In new housholds, the pedestal can be fixed in a way that goes with the tiles, Babu Mathew said. The new product has received patent. It is produced in Coimbatore.
Iris Alternative Solutions was incubated at the Technology Business Incubator (TBI) in the Kozhikode NIT. There are plans to set up more leg operated water faucets in public places. This will help reduce waste wastage and also avoid touching the tap with hands during the pandemic outbreak.