The goal of the Wello WaterWheel is to make it easier to transport water over long distances in rural areas.
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.
Wello and its partners, which include NGOs, government bodies, national distributors, aid agencies and others.
The target users are people who need to walk significant distances to collect water.
The WaterWheel is manufactured in Mumbai, India.
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.
As of 2017, approximately 10,000 units have been sold.
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.
Support is provided by the manufacturer.
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.
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.
No third-party organizations, only testing performed by the designer.
There are no cited safety concerns on this product.
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The manufacturer conducted design validation pilots over a 2 year period, engaging with end-users and sector experts.
Product videos and examples of the WaterWheel in use can be found on Wello’s Vimeo channel.
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