What is the Hippo Water Roller

By: Hippo Roller  11-11-2011
Keywords: Water Roller, Hippo Water Roller

"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.

Keywords: Hippo Water Roller, Water Roller

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Why is it needed? | Hippo Water Roller Project

Imagine waking up long before sunrise and then walking for more than two hours to the nearest river or borehole and then carrying a bucket full of water on your head all the way home. This daily burden is significantly reduced by using appropriate technology like the Hippo Water Roller which is able to carry 4 times the amount of one bucket with less effort.


Where can it be obtained

Neighbouring countries are more effectively serviced by a local manufacturer, and local NGO’s requiring small quantities can more easily afford Hippo rollers. Most rollers are handed out in partnership with NGO’s, corporate businesses and governments with the resources to donate to impoverished communities. Exporting completed Hippo Water Rollers to other countries where they are needed is expensive, often doubling the cost of a Hippo roller.


Hipporoller | Hippo Water Roller Project

A personal appeal is made to your organization to actively support a national project which will positively change the lives of millions of our fellow South Africans.. I chose to support the Hippo Water Roller program as it is such an effective way to improve the African people’s quality of life..


Who benefits? | Hippo Water Roller Project

For most of us water is available within a short distance, but for many, access to water requires many hours of waiting in queues and carrying heavy loads. Predominantly women and children are confronted with this daily task, limiting their educational and economic opportunities. Approximately 33,000 rollers have been distributed worldwide over the past 15 years, directly impacting over 250,000 people.