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Re-imagined wheelbarrow design aids those in need of water

24 June 2016

The Hippo Water Roller is a barrel-shaped container designed to transport 90L of water at one time, aiding those who don’t have access to clean water.

Kids with the Hippo Roller (Image courtesy of Hippo Roller Water Project)

The design allows the water to be placed inside the wheel, resulting in a weight of just 10kg on level ground. Approximately five times the usual volume of water can be collected in much less time and with less effort, transforming water collection from a gruelling task to something that can be achieved only a few times a week.

The United Nations say 1 billion people lack adequate access to safe drinking water. The task of collecting water is often undergone by women and children who have to trek an average of 3.7 miles each day to retrieve water. This often sees them carrying 20L buckets on their head, which is not only energy consuming but contributes to serious health conditions.

Approximately 45,000 Hippo Water Rollers have been distributed, impacting roughly 300,000 people. More than 7 billion litres of water has already been ‘rolled’ over a combined distance of 500 million km. 

For more information visit the project website.

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