Very important update: we deleted shipping cost to US. Unfortunately there is no way in KickStarter to specify that shipping cost to the countries other than Canada and US will still be CAD$10.
The idea of the SaveAqua tap came to us after years of camping and hiking. We always asked ourselves why do we need chemicals to keep our hands clean when there is usually clean water available. There are plenty of products on the market which can be used for sanitation purposes on the campgrounds, however most of them are attached to bulky containers and none of them are self-closing. We wanted to have something similar to what everybody used to in almost any public washroom, the tap which can re-seal itself. We believe we successfully accomplished this goal and was able to do more.
SaveAqua tap features:
The tap is self-closing, gravity actuated while it can easily be sealed for transportation of the container.
The tap is extremely reliable.
It is portable, light and small.
It fits virtually anything which can be used as a water container.
To install the tap on almost any container the only thing you need is the tap and the knife.
Water, juice bottles can be used to create a dispenser. When you don't need a dispenser anymore, just recycle the bottle.
As you can see from below video, SaveAqua tap will save water, it is easy to operate for anyone, including children, and creates less mess.
In our opinion, main areas of use of SaveAqua tap are:
Locations where water infrastructure do not exist.
When camping, hiking, kayaking etc.
On construction sites.
On the farms.
When disaster strikes and water infrastructure stop working.
In the areas where water infrastructure and/or typical water faucets are to expensive.
Design of the tap and the main components are outlined on figure 1.
Figure 2 shows what is included in the second reward (SaveAqua tap and container suspension system).
Figure 3 shows what is included in third reward (second reward + adapter to enable installation of the SaveAqua tap on Reliance Aqua-Pak canister, or similar, faucet).
Figure 4 shows what is included in fourth reward (second reward + adapter to enable installation of the SaveAqua tap on sun showers or any flexible 1/2" (13 mm) inside diameter hose).
Figure 5 shows content of the fifth reward (second reward + both adapters included in reward three and four).
Figure 6 illustrates SaveAqua tap installed on Reliance Aqua-Pak canister.
Figure 7 illustrates SaveAqua tap installed on sun-shower.
We are raising the money for the injection molding tool.
Below is a progress/plan of the SaveAqua tap project development.
We divided our project into two major phases. The main goals of the first phase is to design, obtain patent, raise money for the injection molding tool, fabricate and ship to the backers SaveAqua taps. Second phase is to make SaveAqua tap affordable for anyone who needs it.
Step 1, design the tap to include all features as outlined above - completed.
Step 2, patent SaveAqua tap in Canada and USA - major activities completed. USA patent is expected by the end of May of 2014.
Step 3, optimize the design of the tap to minimize manufacturing costs and raise the money for the injection molding tool - ongoing, planned completion date is end of May of 2014.
Step 4, order and receive injection molding tool - estimated completion date is end of July of 2014.
Step 5, commission the molding tool and produce SaveAqua taps for all backers - estimated completion date is end of September of 2014.
Step 1, optimize manufacturing processes and anything else which can affect price of the tap.
Step 3, make SaveAqua tap affordable and available to anyone who needs it.
Below are some of the risks which we could anticipate at this time:
1. Price of the tap for Canadian and US backers. This is related to the shipping cost, which can be up to CAD$10. Our plan is to optimize the design of the tap to keep the cost as is. Moreover, if optimization will be successful, cost of shipping outside of Canada will be reduced. This is or biggest challenge at the moment.
2. Receiving the patent. This is a tough one. We believe that the risk is small. Our plan is to defend our design until the patent is granted.
3. Cost of the injection mold tool is a budget cost. In case if cost of mold will be greater than estimated, we are prepared to cover the difference and ensure that backers costs will not change. In case if cost of mold will be less than estimated, we will find the way how to compensate our backers, i. e. adding features to the design or by adding additional rewards.
4. Molding tool manufacturing timing. This is currently estimated to be 2 months. To mitigate this risk we are planning to order the tool as soon as we can.
For the shipping costs we got a quote from Canada Post. We are working very hard to find the way how to minimize the shipping cost. There several ideas how to do it. It remains our most critical and urgent challenge. One of the way is to keep overall diameter of the tap below 19 mm (3/4"). We are open to any other suggestions or help.