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Nifty 'Hippo Roller' barrel may help CT residents collect and carry heavy water

An invention, known as the Hippo Roller, could be the solution to carrying heavy containers of water, should Day Zero arrive.

It was primarily designed for people living in rural communities, many of whom lack access to nearby running water.

Now the nifty invention may come in handy for Cape Town residents, explains Grant Gibbs, CEO of HippoWater Roller Project.

The plastic, barrel-shaped container holds the water and can roll along the ground.

It has a handle attached to the axis of the barrel for users to push and pull the tanker.

The Hippo Roller currently comes in two models: the 90 litre and the 70 litre.

Gibbs advises that manufacturers are currently developing a 50 litre model specifically for Capetonians.

The Hippo Roller was not actually developed for the urban environment at all.

Grant Gibbs, CEO of Hippo Water Roller Project

It's Day Zero for most rural communities all the time.

Grant Gibbs, CEO of Hippo Water Roller Project

It's designed to be very tough and robust, with about a five to seven year life span.

Grant Gibbs, CEO of Hippo Water Roller Project

Local Bernard Peacock, founder of the Water Movers initiative says his project will be distributing the Hippo Roller across the Cape.

Residents have been urged to donate their Hippo Roller's to other communities in need, once the drought crisis has come to an end.

Alternatively, locals can buy a second Hippo Roller to help rural residents if they can afford to.

Click here for pricing of the Hippo Roller.

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