Water Collection Hippo Roller

There is a cool invention which has improved the lives of 4430 families that experience water collection as a daily struggle, now the struggle is gone.


Imagine you lived in a home where water wasn’t readily available from a tap within your four walls? Well millions of South African’s live like this, in fact if you look at the world as a whole there are hundreds of millions of people that don’t live near a water source.

They have to make daily trips to collect water, sometimes it’s so far away that, that is all they do each day. Collecting in small amounts, like 2 litres or 5 litres at a time, that can easily be carried back to their homes.

Hippo Roller decided to tackle this problem with a really clever invention!

The “Hippo Water Roller Project” was established in 1994 in response to the unique needs and constraints in terms of access to water of rural women and children across Africa.

Hippo Roller makes it extremely easy to collect water in tough rural conditions – up to 5x more water than a single bucket, by simply rolling it along the ground.

The Rollers have a 90-litre capacity and only weigh up to 12kg – a great improvement on the usual 5-litre containers carried on the head

The Africa Foundation has been distributing the Hippo Rollers to communities around South Africa, they have improved the lives of nearly 4430 families. Recently they visited the community of Hluhluwe in KwaZulu Natal distribute a few Hippo rollers to help with water collection in the rural area. The distribution included a few creches and schools.

The recent trip to Hluhluwe in KwaZulu Natal was shared on Twitter. This is a fantastic innovation!

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Sources: Hippo Roller / Africa Foundation

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Tyler Leigh Vivier is a writer for Good Things Guy.

Her passion is to spread good news across South Africa with a big focus on environmental issues, animal welfare and social upliftment. Outside of Good Things Guy, she is an avid reader and lover of tea.

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