Rollin' , rollin' , rollin' ...
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CTA. 2002. Rollin', rollin', rollin'... . Spore 102. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Rolling something heavy is usually easier than carrying it. So why not make water rollable is what the inventors of the Hippo Water Roller probably thought when they launched it a decade ago, proving that reinventing the wheel can be handy...
Rolling something heavy is usually easier than carrying it. So why not make water rollable is what the inventors of the Hippo Water Roller probably thought when they launched it a decade ago, proving that reinventing the wheel can be handy sometimes! The Hippo Roller is a plastic 90-litre drum with a long clip-on handle which enables the carrier to push or pull the rolling drum. The lid of the drum can also be used to scoop water. Rolling the drum home means that more water can be fetched in one go than carrying a large container on your head five times. The roller is not a long-term solution to water access problems, and it lasts for only a few years, but still many rollers are finding their way into communities in South Africa and Angola facing water access difficulties. Many rollers are supplied by donors identified by the Africa Foundation, a driving force behind the Hippo Roller. Imvubu, the company that produces the rollers, can provide a complete manufacturing plant and training (at $100,000) for entrepreneurs who wish to produce the Hippo Water Roller under license in other countries. [caption to illustration] Where there is no pipeline or water lorry, roll your own Imvubu Projects PO Box 170, Fourways, 2055, South Africa Fax: +27 11 465 5131 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org