Safe Agua - Ducha Halo

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Through a collaboration between Designmatters at Art Center College of Design and Latin American NGO, Un Techo para mi País, The Safe Agua Project addresses the quotidian challenges of safe water access for Chile’s poorest families living in slum developments (or campamentos) on the outskirts of Santiago. Ducha Halo is an outcome of the Safe Agua Chile project. It brings the dignity and well-being of a hot shower to people living with no running water and inconsistent electricity. Designers - Narbeh Dereghishian and Jessica Yeh

Elisa Ruffino
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June 18, 2013
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2nd Ducha Halo prototype implementation in Chile campanento
Ducha Halo prototype presentation
Ducha Halo prototype field test in Chile campanento
Narbeh Dereghishian and Jessica Yeh with their award winning Ducha Halo design.
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A short video about the Ducha Halo project.

Billions of people go each day without convenient access to a proper shower. In Chile’s campamentos, most families resort to bathing by parts: they fill up a bucket with boiling and cold water, and use a small container to rinse themselves. This project's goal was to design practical, sustainable and inexpensive solutions.


Ducha Halo’s 6-liter metal container (with an analog temperature sensor) is easy to heat on the stove, reducing preparation time and physical strain. Two minutes of hand pumping yields a fifteen-minute hot shower, which flows in a refreshing generous stream from a cheerful plastic showerhead.