Images of African women carrying water buckets on their heads to bring back home is not unusual but an ingenious device dubbed the Hippo Water Roller will allow women and children to roll their containers, promising to “change the lives of millions” and “helping [challenged] communities to improve access to water.”
“Designed in Africa for Africa, the 90 liter Hippo Water Roller enables women, children and the elderly to collect 5 times more water than a single bucket by simply rolling it along the ground,” the company says. The water roller was designed to be pushed in tough conditions and has a life span of five and seven years.
Affected by the water crisis, the idea was developed by South Africans Pettie Petzer and Johan Jonker in 1991 and launched it in their home country in 1994. The innovative water roller is more than just an easy-to-maneuver water container. The water roller’s utility cap allows for the installation of a filter to keep the water clean. It also enables drip irrigation “assisting small-scale farmers to irrigate their crops more efficiently.”
Although the product was developed for Africa, it is needed on a global scale for urban and rural areas where one in ten people lack access to clean water. According to a report released by Water Aid, 75 million Indians live without access to water while in China the number of people living without access to safe water reaches 63 million. Countries such as Nigeria, Indonesia, Bangladesh and Pakistan suffer the same problem. The crisis also exists in Ukraine where around 1.3 million adults and children have no access to water due to water shortage and destroyed water lines.
“For a poor person in the developing world with no access to safe water at home, buying the recommended 50 liters a day can be a huge drain on their meager salary,” the report reads. “Many people have no choice but to compromise their health and dignity by using much less or collecting water from unsafe sources.”