Water hog
A water hog is a machine that removes water from sports grounds. The water hog was invented by Hugh McLaughlin
Hugh McLaughlin
This article is about the Irish publisher Hugh McLaughlin. For the 19th century US politician see Hugh McLaughlin .Hugh McLaughlin was an Irish publisher and inventor. He was married to Nuala Ryan....


Driven by a rider, it has a wide, front roller that absorbs the water, transfers it to a storage tank, and allows it to be discharged in a safe location. Water hogs can suck off excess water at a rate of 200 gallons per minute and throw it as far as 100 feet away from the machine. It is designed so that it will not damage the turf.

Originally devised for use on cricket pitch
Cricket pitch
In the game of cricket, the cricket pitch consists of the central strip of the cricket field between the wickets - 1 chain or 22 yards long and 10 feet wide. The surface is very flat and normally covered with extremely short grass though this grass is soon removed by wear at the ends of the...

es, it is now used at a wide range of sporting venues including golf
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 putting greens, football grounds, American football stadiums, and even at gaelic football
Gaelic football
Gaelic football , commonly referred to as "football" or "Gaelic", or "Gah" is a form of football played mainly in Ireland...

 stadiums where it has proved very successful.


The water hog at the Taunton cricket ground failed, in May 2006, delaying the start of the Somerset
Somerset County Cricket Club
Somerset County Cricket Club is one of the 18 major county clubs which make up the English and Welsh domestic cricket structure, representing the historic county of Somerset...

 v Hampshire
Hampshire County Cricket Club
Hampshire County Cricket Club represents the historic county of Hampshire in cricket's County Championship. The club was founded in 1863 as a successor to the Hampshire county cricket teams and has played at the Antelope Ground from then until 1885, before moving to the County Ground where it...

 C&G Trophy match, which was subsequently abandoned.
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