Every day, over 200 million people throughout the world have to walk many kilometres to access a source of drinking water. These people are most often women and children who spend 25% of their time transporting heavy loads on their backs or on their heads in very inefficient, dangerous and counterproductive ways.
It is after observing this phenomenon, that an American student had the idea of building a rolling plastic carboy. This invention helps them to get the water home more easily, enables the water to be kept longer and frees up time usually spent on transportation for other activities such as education, among others.
The "Waterwheel", also known as the "hydraulic wheel", is a simple and innovative transportation tool aimed at making water more portable. It was designed to hold 75 litres of water, five times the volumes usually transported in the conventional manner, and can be pushed or pulled, much like a suitcase.
The "Waterwheel" is currently intended for the Indian market and is manufactured by the non-profit Wello Water. It will soon be improved with an efficient filtration system and an irrigation kit.