The Hippo Roller

Designed in Africa for Africa the 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 savings in time, energy and reduced suffering are immense and the positive social-impact benefits are far reaching.

Simple solution

An effective and efficient way to carry 90 litres (5x buckets) of water, much more easily and in less time by simply rolling along the ground.

Tangible results

Reduces long-term injuries caused by carrying heavy loads of water and gives women & children more time for education and economic activities.

Award-winning design

Specifically designed to be maintenance-free and for use in tough rural conditions, with a long lifespan of 5 - 7 years, often much longer.

Effective & Efficient

  • Appropriate technology for undeveloped communities where there is no reliable water infrastructure
  • Carries 90 litres (5 x buckets)
  • Weight of water is borne on the ground and distributed over a wide rolling surface
  • Large opening for easy cleaning
  • Long lifespan – 5 to 7 years, often much longer
  • Environmentally friendly: The wide rolling surface helps compact soil to minimize erosion unlike narrow wheelbarrows
  • Once damaged beyond its usefulness for water collection, it has other uses including a storage bin, a feeding/watering trough for animals and a bath for washing clothes and children


Empowers women & children

  • The benefits experienced are immediate.
  • Reduces the suffering and long-term injuries caused by carrying heavy loads.
  • Improves hygiene and health resulting in higher energy and morale levels.
  • Saves many hours a day allowing more time for other important tasks.
  • More time attending school for better education opportunities.
  • More time for economic activities to break free of poverty e.g. vegetable gardens.
  • The elderly no longer have to rely on their neighbours goodwill to get water.
  • Positive cultural change – Men are proud to collect water using a Hippo roller.
  • The Hippo roller is widely accepted in many countries by undeveloped communities where there is no reliable water infrastructure. Read more…


Quality & Durability

  • Durable – specifically designed for use in tough rural conditions.
  • Thick drum wall to prevent breakages. Made of UV stabilized material to withstand harsh sunny conditions. Stresses caused by rolling over uneven surfaces are diffused around entire drum.
  • Embedded sand granules add an extra layer of extra protection – sand rolling on sand.
  • Strong steel handle for full control when pushing or pulling or negotiating obstacles.
  • Maintenance-free design, requires no replacement parts and promotes continuous use in rural location
  • Screw-cap wears In, not Out – seals better with time. No rubber seals which perish – minimal leakage.
  • Long Life-span: 5 – 7 years, often much longer.


Design Awards


Other Uses

The Irrigation & filter cap was specifically designed to assist small-scale farmers to irrigate their crops more efficiently for increased productivity and income generation:


  • It allows small-holder farmers to transport 90 litres of water at a time and irrigate crops far more efficiently
  • Convenient dispensing of water through the mini-cap
  • Mini-cap is a standard soda bottle top for easy replacement if damaged
  • No need to unclip the handle
  • No need to stand the drum upright to access the water

spaza-rollerThe Hippo Mobile Spaza* is an instant mobile shop using the Hippo roller as a transport vehicle and display facility for products to be sold in rural and informal communities:

  • A trolley for transporting products to market
  • A display stand for selling their products
  • Branding can be extended onto the canvas top
  • Emergency transport for the sick and injured

* A Spaza is a Zulu term for an informal convenience shop.


  • Utilize the Irrigation & filter cap as a screw-on filter (Sawyer) for clean water consumption


  • Utilize the LifeStraw Individual & Family version