Q Drum
Water transporter

Water and Sanitation

The Q Drum is a rollable water drum designed to ease the daily burden of collecting water. The durable, donut-shaped plastic container has a capacity of 50 litres (13 gallons). In rural areas in the developing world many women and children must make multiple trips each day to a river, well, borehole or other water source to collect water for their families. The Q Drum saves them time, by allowing them to transport more water in a single trip. It also helps prevent debilitating back and neck injuries caused by carrying heavy loads on their heads.

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Detailed Description: 

The Q Drum is a rollable water drum designed to ease the daily burden of collecting water. The durable, donut-shaped plastic container has a capacity of 50 litres (13 gallons).

In rural areas in the developing world many women and children must make multiple trips each day to a river, well, borehole or other water source to collect water for their families. The Q Drum saves them time, by allowing them to transport more water in a single trip. It also helps prevent debilitating back and neck injuries caused by carrying heavy loads on their heads.

Its uniqueness lies in the design of the longitudinal shaft or central hole, through which a rope is tied, to easily pull or roll the drum across any type of terrain.

The Q Drum is manufactured from linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE), making it practically indestructible. The longitudinal shaft also serves as a vertical support structure, providing added strength.

It has no removable handles or other metal attachments that could be lost or break. The rope used to pull the Q Drum can be repaired on the spot or, if lost, be easily replaced.

The Q Drum is durable enough to last at least eight years wiith daily use.

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Price: 
$65 (FOB South Africa)
Ships From: 
South Africa
Shipping Restrictions: 
No, duties payable will vary from country to country
Delivery Lead Time: 
6-8 weeks for 50+ drums. Depending on stock availability, can be less.
Warranty & Return Policy: 

Due to its intended use, Q-Drums are designed to be durable, however it is difficult to give a warranty as this may depend on the type of terrain of where it will be used.

Additional Information: 





Technical Overview: 
  • Capacity: 50 Litres
  • Height: 36cm
  • Diameter: 50cm
  • Lid Size: 12cm Diameter
  • Material: Linear Low Density Polyethylene
  • Material Thickness: 4mm
  • Actual Weight: 4.5kg
  • Filled Weight: 54.5kg
  • Moulding Process: Rotational Moulding
  • Stacking: Up to 40 filled drums
  • Design Patents: Yes
  • Country of Origin: South Africa
  • Principal Manufacturing Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Qty per 20ft Shipping Container: 330 units
Average Product Lifespan: 
+/- 8 years under normal conditions
Available Support: 
Not necessary
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Kopernik in action:
15 August 2013
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Drums4Drums is a Hit! »

Dance to the beat of your own … Q Drum? That’s right. Students of the Kyoto University of Foreign Studies organised the fundraising event “Drums4Drums” to raise money to provide families in Kenya with their very own Q Drum. They successfully raised 100,000 yen, enough money to provide 15 Q Drums to families most in need in Kenya. That’s 15 households of women and children that can look forward to an eased burden of water transportation, protecting necks and backs and saving time!

By Ashley Grimes

Kopernik in action:
25 June 2013
Girls in a classroom

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As I sit in the comfort of my home in Paris, France and flip through all the photos I took in the last three months as a Kopernik Fellow in western Kenya, a new appreciation of what I captured is slowly developing. As I look out the window and see parents carrying their babies and pushing their toddlers around in prams, I realise it is the stark contrast between the lives of children in rural Kenya and that of children here in Paris that is screaming at me.

By Denise Law

Kopernik in action:
18 April 2013
Motor bike taxi in Kenya

Way out west »

Now that we have seen a little bit about life in western Kenya, let’s look at how the rural communities touched by the Q Drums fit in the bigger picture. Our project site, Matungu, located in the Kakamega county of Kenya’s western region and spanning 276 km², is one of the 290 electoral constituencies in Kenya. It's a mostly rural area, where the majority of the 147,000 residents live from subsistence farming (such as maize, sugar cane and potatoes) and raising animals. Salaried employment is hard to come by.

By Denise Law

Kopernik in action:
11 April 2013
A woman rolls a Q Drum

A generous serve of water »

Our local partner, Yaya Education Trust, distributed 52 Q Drums in the 13 sub-locations within the Matungu district. Over the course of two weeks, we will be interviewing 30 of the families who have purchased Q Drums to see what impact they are having, and shed some light on why they are so oversubscribed. On this very fine day, let’s hop on our motorbike (piki piki in the local language), meander a bit in sugar cane fields, and venture to the village of Harambee!

By Denise Law

Kopernik in action:
01 April 2013
Women roll their Q Drums

Let's Roll »

As a group of children walks past our home with their respective kid-sized buckets (some on their tiny heads!), we are reminded that it is about time for us to head to the spring to get some drinking water to go with dinner tonight. Let’s head out before the sun sets!

By Denise Law