Updated on May 23, 2024


Created on August 27, 2015

Wello WaterWheel

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The goal of the Wello WaterWheel is to make it easier to transport water over long distances in rural areas.

Developed By
  1. Wello
Tested By
  • Wello
Content Partners


Product Description

The Wello WaterWheel is a 45 litre plastic water drum that rolls on its side with help from a symmetrical handle bar. It is designed as a time saver for communities and households in which people carry water in jerry cans, pots and buckets on their heads.

Target SDGs

SDG 3: Good Health and Well-Being

SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation

Market Suggested Retail Price


Target Users (Target Impact Group)


Distributors / Implementing Organizations

Wello and its partners, which include NGOs, government bodies, national distributors, aid agencies and others.

Competitive Landscape

Direct competitors include Q Drum and Hippo Water Roller.

Manufacturing/Building Method

The WaterWheel is manufactured in Mumbai, India.

Intellectural Property Type


User Provision Model

WaterWheels are sold by local partners according to their own business models. Distributors can be entrepreneurs, companies, government institutions, aid agencies, micro finance organizations and others.

Distributions to Date Status

As of 2017, approximately 10,000 units have been sold.

Design Specifications

The WaterWheel is a barrel-shaped container designed to transport up to 45 L of water over long distances. The drum, measuring 630 mm x 560 mm is made from food grade high-density polyethylene and has reinforced axles to protect against wear and tear. The mild steel handle provides control while pushing or pulling the WaterWheel over difficult terrain and hand-holds on both sides of the drum can be used when filling and emptying. The cap-in-cap design helps to prevent contamination of the water and the drum's wide opening (3.2 in diameter) aids in pouring and cleaning.

Product Schematics

Technical Support

Support is provided by the manufacturer.

Replacement Components




Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters

To save time and increase opportunities for those transporting water. To provide better, more reliable access to safe water and to reduce stress and pain caused by traditional collection methods.

Vetted Performance Status

Testing performed by the manufacturer determined that users benefited from a reduction in time spent collecting water, an increase in access to water and an increase in income, however, no third-party testing has been completed.


There are no cited safety concerns on this product.

Complementary Technical Systems

Rolling billboards to disseminate information

Academic Research and References

Corner, P., Kearins, K., 2013, “Social Entrepreneurship and Dynamic Capabilities,” Proceedings of the Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA, August 9-12, 2013.

Wello. n.d. Wellowater.org.

Wello WaterWheel. n.d. www.techxlab.org.

Wello. n.d. WaterWheel: Technical Specifications. Wellowater.org. Wello.

Jewell, Nicole. 2014. Revolutionary WaterWheel Helps Women Transport Water More Efficiently in India. Inhabitat, June 1, 2014. Inhabitat.com.

Wello Water: Contact. n.d. Wellowater.org.

Wello Water: Rolling Billboard. n.d. Wellowater.org

Grand Challenges Canada. n.d. Wello: Efficient Water Delivery via the WaterWheel. Grand Challenges Canada.


Compliance with regulations


Evaluation methods

The manufacturer conducted design validation pilots over a 2 year period, engaging with end-users and sector experts.

Other Information

Product videos and examples of the WaterWheel in use can be found on Wello's Vimeo channel.

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