Making Automatic Faucets to Mitigate the Spread of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) was established with a mandate to become a national institution of science, culture, and higher education that always practices and translates the Tridharma of Higher Education in various aspects of national and state life. Universitas Gadjah Mada is determined to dedicate science and technology (IPTEK) and culture for the benefit of the nation and humanity. UGM is not only a reference for education and development of science and technology as well as changes in world culture, but also the delivery of science and technology to the community which is manifested in the Community Service (PkM) program.

In this condition of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Community Service Team of the D4 Electrical Engineering Technology Study Program (TRE) of SV UGM created an automatic faucet product as an effort to prevent the transmission of the Covid-19 virus in the community. A team consisting of several lecturers and TRE students succeeded in making automatic faucets which were then used in DIY Regional Health Centers, one of which was in the Wonosari area, Gunung Kidul.

The idea of ​​making automatic water faucet products stems from the widespread spread of the Covid-19 virus in the community. One way to prevent it is by diligently washing hands and avoiding physical contact with other people and avoiding contact with objects that have the potential to be touched by many people, such as water faucets and doorknobs. The automatic faucet is designed in such a way that it uses an infrared sensor as an object detector so that users do not need to touch the faucet while washing their hands.

The working principle of the automatic faucet is that when the infrared sensor detects an object, the sensor will send information to the relay as a control system of the solenoid valve so that the valve will open to drain water automatically from the faucet. When the sensor does not detect an object, the solenoid valve will automatically close again so that water cannot flow. The process of making the automatic faucet takes less than two weeks.

In addition to making automatic faucets, the service team also held socialization related to the use of automatic faucets to the community in Wonosari, Gunung Kidul. In the socialization there was a demonstration of the use of automatic faucets as well as an explanation of how to maintain faucets so that they are not easily damaged. With this socialization, the public will understand and be more aware of the potential transmission of the Covid-19 virus by always implementing the protocol for preventing the transmission of the Covid-19 virus, one of which is washing hands.