"appropriate technology for improved access to water"
The Hippo Water Roller was specifically designed to alleviate the suffering caused by a lack of access to water. The practical and durable design of the Hippo enables more water to be transported more efficiently than traditional methods:
- empowers women and children
- saves time and energy
- reduces suffering
The innovative design of the Hippo provides for a large drum capacity of 90 litres / 24 gallons. Far less effort is required to roll the heavy weight of water (90kg / 200lbs) along the ground than carrying the traditional 20-liter (5-gallon) buckets on the head. The effective weight on level ground is just 10kg (22 pounds) .
The drum is manufactured from UV stabilized Polyethylene and has been designed to withstand typical rural conditions. The large opening (135 mm / 5.3 inch diameter) allows for easy filling and cleaning of the interior. The sealed lid ensures hygienic storage of water and the steel handle provides firm control over difficult terrain while pushing or pulling the roller.
Extensive field tests over many years and various awards have proven the effectiveness of the Hippo Water Roller.