The Q Drum


The Q drum is a container that can be used to carry up to 50 liters of water and be easily transported. It was designed to aid those in rural South Africa – who live kilometers from a clean water source – obtain water more easily. The drum is designed to reduce the physical burden of a task which is generally bestowed on the women and children of the communities. It also has the potential to reduce the time it takes to obtain the water, no longer making it an all day task.
The Q drum was invented in 1993 in South Africa, which prompted the question of why I hadn’t heard of this product sooner. In reality, the manufacturing costs of the drum are very high, so that those who need them most can’t afford them on their own. Q drum manufacturers have slowly begun to align themselves with strategic partners to manufacture in areas of the world where the need remains high. In this way, costs can be reduced and the Q drum can be more accessible to those in need.
I believe the Q drum is a great product that has the potential to increase the quality of life for many people. It has a simple and durable design, that even children can use to perhaps even make this task a little enjoyable. If manufacturers of the product can find better ways to work with charitable people and organizations to provide them free of charge to needy people, it can be an amazing addition to the lives of many.


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