Touch Tap

A upcycled plastic tap that opens by touching the base and does not waste water.

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I confirm that I am fully aware of the eligibility criteria, and based on its description, I am eligible to apply to the CSV Prize 2017.

  • Yes, I'm eligible

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  • English

Organization name


Year founded


Initiative stage

  • Growth (the pilot has already launched and is starting to expand)

Annual budget in 2017 (USD)

  • $10k - $50k

Number of beneficiaries impacted so far

  • 10 - 50

Organization type

  • Social enterprise

Secondary Focus Area

  • Water

Headquarters location: Country

  • South Africa

Headquarters location: City


Location(s) of impact

Durban : edlebeni


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Problem: What problem is this initiative trying to address?

Water is wasted from the time a tap is turned on until your hands are under the flow. Brass Taps are expensive.

Solution Summary: What is the proposed solution? What do you see as its most promising aspects for creating shared value?

TOUCH TAP is made from recycled plastic and it is opened by touching the base of the tap. It is a low cost tap that saves water.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Specify both the social and the environmental impact of your work

It is fitted onto water containers or main line plumbing. Many africans collect water in buckets and it is a problem to dispense the water. Touch tap makes using water efficient.

Financial sustainability plan: How is this initiative financially supported? How will you ensure its financial sustainability long-term?

Grants then income

Unique value proposition: What makes your initiative innovative? How does your project differ from other organizations working in the same field?

Other taps waste more water, This is a novel innovation.

Founding story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that sparked the beginning of this initiative.

TOUCH TAP was developed by our team of hand disabled women andit is so successful that we need to share yhis innovation with other developing countries.

Where did you hear about the Nestlé Creating Shared Value Prize?

  • Upon recommendation from others


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The advanced technology of this is available, may not be cost effective and needs energy. However, few observations:
1. How it stops (time duration is specified/ touch it again)
2. touching may not be a good idea, as wash is needed when hands are not clean
3. Limited use

Having said so, we can overcome these issues, like instead of touching by hand, it could be foot, etc.

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