WHAT IS A HIPPO WATER ROLLER?
The Hippo roller carries 90 litres (24 gallons) of water inside a rolling wheel. With the Hippo roller the weight of the water is borne on the ground.
The water is transported by holding on to the handle with which the drum is pushed or pulled. This requires far less effort from people than carrying the traditional 20-liter (5-gallon) buckets or containers on their heads. Dimensions:
- Drum: 50 x 50 x 65 cm. Capacity: 90 Litres. Weight: 8.5kg.
A Hippo roller filled with 90 L water effectively weighs only 10 kilograms (22 pounds) on level ground.
- Handle: 100 x 70 x 3cm. The steel handle provides firm control over difficult terrain while pushing or pulling the roller.
- Lid: 135 mm / 5.3 inch diameter. The large opening allows for easy filling and cleaning of the interior. The sealed lid ensures hygienic storage of water.
QUALITY AND DURABILITY
The Hippo roller has a maintenance-free design for use in tough rural conditions where users have no access to spare parts.
- The drum is manufactured from UV stabilized Polyethylene
- The flexible drum material has no seams or joints and forms a thick wall of protection
- Stress distribution is around the entire drum
- An embedded sand grit adds an extra layer of protection
- The screw-cap wears IN and not out
- An average lifespan of 5 - 7 years and more
- Extensive field tests over many years have proven its effectiveness
- Used in test cases as an anti-personnel demining device, absorbing the blast of landmines when filled with water
HIPPO WATER ROLLER AWARDS
- The SABS Design Institute awarded the Hippo Water Roller the Cullinan Award (Industrial Category) in 1992; and the “Design for Development” award in 1997.
The Design Institute of the South African Bureau of Standards regularly uses the roller in exhibitions around the world.
- The Hippo Water Roller was a finalist in the INDEX: 2005 Award and received "Top Nominee" status in the Home category.
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- 2+3D Polish Design Quarterly (2003)
- DOT Magazine ArtCentre College of Design (2005)
- Design Like You Give a Damn: Architectural Responses to Humanitarian Crises (2006) by Architecture for Humanity, a volunteer-based organization that provides architectural solutions to humanitarian crises.
- Watershed: The World House Guide to Designing Water's Future (2007)
- GOOD Magazine - What is Social Design? (2008)
- Design Revolution: 10 Products That Empower People, (2009) by Project H Design, features the Hippo Water Roller on its front cover.
- 100 Stories of Design to Improve Life, Index (2010)