Hippo Water Roller

Hippo Water Roller Project

Hippo Water Roller Contact Solution Provider empowering-people

Solution Overview & Benefits

The design of the Hippo enables more water to be transported more efficiently than traditional methods. The Hippo, with its large drum capacity of 90 liters / 24 gallons, frees women and children from having to spend a large portion of every day dedicated to collecting water for their households. Far less effort is required to roll the heavy weight of water (90kg / 200lbs) along the ground rather than carrying on the head.

The Hippo roller enables people to transport almost five times the amount of water than the traditional heavy 20 kilograms buckets. Extensive field tests over many years and various awards have proven the effectiveness of the Hippo Water Roller.

History & Development

The Hippo Water roller, or “aqua roller”, as it was known back in 1991, was originally invented by two South African engineers Pettie Petzer and Johan Jonker. Currently, all Hippo Water Rollers are manufactured in and shipped from South Africa. 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. Plans for local manufacturing in other countries are in place and currently implemented. Auxiliary products such as the "HIPPO MOBILE SPAZA" utilizes the Hippo roller as a transport vehicle and display facility for products to be sold in rural and informal communities. The Hippo water roller can be ordered through the Hippo Roller Shop at http://www.hipporoller.com. For CSI enquiries contact [email protected].


Publicly available: yes
Countries where available: Worldwide
Price range (USD): 100 to 200 USD
Available online: yes
Offered or can be licensed for local manufacture: Yes
Countries where spare parts can be purchased: South Africa


Dimensions: 100cm x 70cm x 65cm
Weight: 8.5kg

Additional Information

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