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So simple: people need more sinks to wash their hands in more places

So complicated: retrofitting spaces with water pipes and drainage

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“We installed two piped sinks at the entranceway of our school. It took months to do. I’m too embarrassed to tell you how much it cost.”

Governor of Multi-academy Trust, UK

More handwashing requires sinks in more places. But how?

Due to the cost and time involved, constructing conventional piped sinks requires a trade-off in accessibility — i.e. sinks in fewer places.

Unfortunately, convenient access to a sink is the best predictor of handwashing behaviour.

You should not have to compromise on health & safety

Rather than having to choose which select few locations to upgrade within your facility, opt for immediate, universal access and total hygiene compliance by leveraging next-generation sinks.

What are next-generation sinks?

Next-generation sinks are flexible and affordable. Easy to set up within minutes, yet durable to last at least 10 years. They must go beyond the bathroom—in every classroom, waiting room, clinic, or cafeteria—and allow safe physical distancing. And they should be purposely designed for handwashing, drawing users with an intuitive look and feel.

The new normal is possible today

High-impact, modular facilities are being implemented at scale, in a matter of weeks.

It’s evident that the new normal for hygiene requires conveniently located sinks. Next-generation sinks allow facilities managers to jump straight to the desired outcome: people washing hands when & where needed.


It’s been great to see the enthusiasm and delight the children have shown, and the handwashing stations are no longer a novelty but very much part of everyday life here.

Headteacher John Croft

North Tyneside Nursery, UK, North Tyneside Council

What’s best for different settings?

Plumbed sinks

Next-generation sinks


  • 6-18 months of architectural planning and procurement
  • Limited locations (due to piping)
  • 3-5 weeks in total
  • All locations


  • Skilled contractors or workers required
  • No skills or labor required


  • At least $5,000 per sink (including plumbing works)
  • Under $100 per station


  • Fast to use
  • Fast to use


  • Regular soap replenishment, cleaning, and occasional maintenance required
  • Regular refilling & emptying, and soap replenishment required


  • Effective in all conditions
  • Not designed to cue behaviour
  • Effective in all conditions


  • High water use
  • Low-flow tap, 80% less water used


  • Not designed to cue behaviour
  • Designed to nudge people to wash hands

Proximity to sinks matters

The key predictor of handwashing is proximity to a nice sink. Nothing else matters more.

Even healthcare professionals do not wash their hands if they are not in close proximity to a sink. Using next-generation modular, portable sinks is a proven way to keep them—and all of us—safe

Sinks beyond the bathroom

It’s not enough to provide sinks only in bathrooms. Why? Because it’s not enough to wash hands only after using the toilet.

Safety requires hand washing in more places and more times. Pioneering organisations are changing where sinks are placed to ensure hygiene compliance throughout the day at vital locations like building entrances, common areas, dining areas and classrooms.

HappyTap collaborates with industry leaders

We are building the new normal for hygiene

Who would have thought handwashing needed a reboot? 

The ancient practice is so simple that we assume that we’ve got it covered. But as the world changes and we face new threats, the old approach is no longer fit for purpose. The days of teaching kids a handwashing song but keeping sinks behind closed doors should be over.

HappyTap is singularly focused on helping others imagine a new state in which handwashing is easily done in the most convenient place: where you are. In the classroom, in the waiting room, at the entrance, in the restaurant, at the airport, at home - not searching for the bathroom.

The new normal for hygiene

Putting handwashing within reach