Safe Agua Peru Teams

Giradora and Balde a Balde

Art Center College of Design 

Art Center College of Design is represented by two teams at this year's event: SAFE AGUA's Balde a Balde and Giradora.
Balde a Balde (Spanish for “Bucket to Bucket”) is a portable faucet that provides running water from any container, bringing the health benefits and experience of using a tap to families living without running water. Th e user attaches Balde a Balde to any container with a universal clip, then starts a conti nuous flow of water with a few squeezes of the siphon pump. Users can easily control the exact amount of water they need, with a simple click of the on/off spout or a twist of the valve to regulate flow. Balde a Balde harnesses gravity to bring the dignity of running water to the three billion people living without taps.
GiraDora is a human-powered washer and spin dryer to increase the efficiency and improve the experience of hand-washing clothes. The user sits on top of the drum-like appliance and pumps a pedal with his or her foot, which agitates, cleans, rinses, and spin-dries clothes. While providing a more comfortable, ergonomic, and efficient way to clean clothes, GiraDora also affords opportunities to generate income. For under $40, GiraDora more than doubles productivity, improves the health of women and children, and affords the opportunity to begin breaking the poverty cycle.
Both projects arose from SAFE AGUA Peru, a partnership between Art Center’s Designmatters and the Innovation Center of South American NGO Un Techo para Mi Pais.