The Q Drum is a durable, donut-shaped plastic container which holds up to 50 liters of water. Millions of people all over the world live many kilometers from a reliable source of clean water, leaving them vulnerable to cholera, dysentery and other water-borne diseases. We’ve all seen pictures of women and children in developing countries carrying heavy containers of water mostly on their heads invariably causing many neck and spine injuries.
Clean water is one of the simple necessities of life and the idea of the Q Drum originated in response to the needs of rural people for clean and potable water and easing the burden of conveying it. The unique longitudinal shaft or doughnut hole permits the drum to be pulled along using a rope run through the hole. There are no removable or breakable handles or axles and the rope can be replaced by means available everywhere. It is a seamless container made of linear low density polyethylene through rotational molding.
Even a child can pull a 50 liter drum over flat terrain for several kilometers without undue strain and could shift the burden of water collection away from adult women – children play with it and love to fetch water and this can leave the women free to do other important work.
Although every effort has been made to keep the cost as low as possible, the Q Drum is unaffordable to most people – those who need it cannot afford it and those who can don’t need it. Funded by international donors, non-governmental organizations and private corporations, the Q Drum can contribute to making life a lot easier for rural communities in Africa and elsewhere in the world and indirectly contribute to try and save and preserve our environment.