NEW HAVEN, Ind. (WFFT) -- A local man can say he helped the Kansas City Chiefs reach Super Bowl LV. A New Haven inventor's water system has gained popularity with the NFL team.
In Greg Parks' New Haven workshop, he proudly displays his NFL flags.
Each one represents a team that uses the Wheelin’ Water Sports Hydration Cart - his invention.
Among them, Super Bowl LV team Kansas City Chiefs.
“We’re trying to make something that is a whole new concept of the way you handle water,” Parks said.
Parks says the pandemic threw a wrench in things.
“March 6 we got a notification that the schools were gonna be closing and the phone stopped ringing,” he said.
So he had to get inventive.
“It was dead here for months. I told everybody ‘we gotta do something to continue on’ so I always sorta wanted to play around with this concept of no hands, no-touch," Parks said.
The hands-free operation limits the spread of germs and takes away the need to disinfect between uses.
Employee John Sabo says it’s ideal for use during a pandemic.
“It has been greeted with a lot of enthusiasm. He’s spoken to a lot of the NFL trainers and college trainers and they’re all looking for solutions besides water bottles and cups.”
Wheelin’ Water has already sold three of their no-contact models and says this is just the beginning.