The original Hippo Water Roller - appropriate technology improving access to water. So far, +/- 42,000
Hippo water rollers have been distributed in 21 countries directly
benefiting in excess of 300,000 people (7 per household).
The project seeks to partner with many NGO’s, aid organisations and
corporate business to help reduce the global burden of limited access to
water, affecting more than a billion people.
The Hippo Water Roller is exclusively manufactured and distributed
worldwide by Imvubu Projects, a social enterprise - trading as The Hippo
Water Roller Project.
The Hippo Water Roller was invented in 1991 by two South Africans; Mr.
Pettie Petzer and Johan Jonker. Initially called the “Aqua Roller” the
name was changed to “Hippo Water Roller” in 1993 to give it an “African
flavour”. The association with water, round body and thick skin compares
well to the famous African Hippopotamus. Apart from some minor changes
and improvements by Grant Gibbs of Imvubu Projects, South Africa; the
basic design remains unchanged.