Oxfordshire-based injection moulder White Horse Plastics (WHP) is set to start production of key components of a new water delivery system intended for emerging economies.
The parts were produced for eWATERpay, which has been installing its eWATERtap system across various countries.
EWATERtap is a low-cost, pay-as-you-go water system which leverages mobile phone technology to deliver fresh water supplies.
WHP designed the two-part casings for the system and related moulds. The design needed to be updated throughout the development period, to support evolving circuit board designs and anti-tamper device security.
In addition, the device needed to comply with related health and safety standards, while also delivering a water-tight seal and being weather resistant (temperature and sunlight).
Rob Hygate, chief technical officer at eWATERpay, said: “From the beginning, WHP used its signature strengths and its 40-plus years of manufacturing experience to help us achieve our goals. Our initial sketches and ideas quickly took the shape of a provable and workable manufacturing technology.”
103 eWATERtaps have been installed in The Gambia over the past year, in cooperation with the national Ministry of Water. A further two villages in Tanzania have also benefitted from the system.
Users can purchase eWATERcredit to access the system using NFC/app transfer. The tap system now provides water for about 40,000 people per day.
Text alerts via the app allow operators to carry out any repairs within five hours.