New Mobile Hand Sink Offers Unlimited Handwashing in Any Environment

Elkay Manufacturing introduces Soapwell™ Direct Connect, further expanding its line of global COVID-19 Safety Solutions. 

DOWNERS GROVE, IL, September 16, 2020:  Elkay Manufacturing, global stainless steel sink and faucet manufacturer, expands its safety product line as we continue to navigate the coronavirus pandemic.

Developed earlier this year, Soapwell™ mobile handwashing stations fully comply with CDC handwashing guidelines and provide an entirely touch-free operation in 3 simple steps: sensor-activated hot water, soap, and hand towels accomplished without touching a surface.

Its new model, Soapwell Direct Connect, was developed with moderate to high-traffic areas in mind. Soapwell Direct Connect attaches to a standard 3/4" water hose or plumbing line and has an outflow connection for direct draining. The Direct Connect model eliminates the need to change tanks, reduces labor, and provides a consistent handwashing experience.

Soapwell™ Standard model comes with a 5-gallon capacity freshwater tank and a 6-gallon wastewater tank. It can accommodate up to 50 washings before refilling, perfect for low to moderate traffic environments, and easy to move wherever handwashing is needed, as it's not directly connected to a plumbing line.

Since launching the first unit in May, Elkay has donated Soapwell units to frontline workers to help keep them and their communities healthy as they provide critical service during the pandemic.

“The sinks have been an incredible asset in protecting our healthcare workers and patients in just the short time we’ve had them,” shared Millinocket Regional Hospital, one of the organizations that received a donated Soapwell unit. “We’re all very impressed with how sleek, efficient, and high tech they are. The ‘no-touch’ features are critical in our environment and were a pleasant surprise.”

For over 100 years, Elkay Manufacturing has launched new products, designs, and innovations as a thought leader in many commercial and residential industries. Elkay is proud to be keeping communities healthy during this global pandemic.



Elkay® Manufacturing has been making innovative plumbing products and providing exceptional customer care since 1920. The family-owned company entered the plumbing business by manufacturing quality residential butler and pantry sinks. Today, the company has grown to include faucets, foodservice fixtures, water delivery products, custom sinks, sink tops, and commercial architectural millwork. To learn more, visit



For over 20 years, the world’s most recognized brands and chains have trusted their commercial kitchen needs to Elkay Commercial Systems, a division of Elkay Manufacturing. They provide engineering, global sourcing, and manufacturing solutions to chain restaurants, education markets, convenience stores, grocery stores, entertainment venues, commercial and hospitality businesses. Elkay Commercial Systems is a global leader in stainless steel furniture, water delivery solutions, and rethermalizers. For more information, visit



Soapwell™ is an entirely hands-free wash station that universally adapts to any environment, anywhere. With touchless soap, water, and towel dispensers, this mobile unit is transforming the future of cleanliness. For more information on our Soapwell models, visit