The Veronica bucket was invented by biological scientist, Veronica Bekoe, in Ghana in the 1990s.

Veronica Bekoe said:  

‘We normally have water problems. Some of the facilities did not have running water. And they were just using bowls to wash their hands... the bowl with the water sitting there being used even by one person is only clean the first time he or she washes their hands. If he/she does not throw that water away, they would rather be contaminating themselves.

'So, it just occurred to me that if we could fix a tap to any container to produce running water, that could help. I made a prototype with aluminum sheets, made it into a container and had a tap fixed to it. We used it to provide running water all over the country in the laboratories to demonstrate how to use running water to wash hands.’