The hippo roller project

hippo_water_roller_05When I was a kid, I used to go the water point at my grand parents village northern Tunisia, back in the 80s water was a new luxury thanks to the sinks that the government did install in most of the rural areas since the early 70s until getting every little house with own water pipes by the end of the 90s.

hippo_water_roller_01So I used to ride a donkey and go to the public sink and fill usually two cans and go back home, it would be much difficult and have to do several trips if you have a special event or construction going on, sometimes when the donkey was used for land labor we did have to handle the cans and it was not that easy.
So, I just came across this awesome project by chance and I did really like it because it’s one of the most important Global number 6 (Clean water and sanitation) fxied by the United Nations an voted by 195 countries including Tunisia mostly concerned in Africa and Asia than any parts of the world.


The Hippo Water Roller was created in 1991 by two South Africans, Mr. Pettie Petzer and Johan Jonker. They both grew up on farms and had seen the effect of the water crisis on rural communities where access to water is a daily struggle for millions of people.
The Hippo Water Roller Project was established in 1994 and first piloted in South Africa. The broad social impact of the project has since been felt in more than 20 other countries.

Project Website


One Comment Add yours

  1. Grant Gibbs says:

    Dear Karim2k
    Thank you sharing your story of how you struggled to collect water as a child, and thank you for sharing the Hippo Water Roller project with others.
    Hopefully we’ll be able to reach more sponsors to help more people with this simple and appropriate technology solution.

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