Updated on January 10, 2024


Created on August 15, 2016

Aquatainer 10L Collapsible

The Aquatainer 10 L Collapsible is a collapsible 10 L water container with a tap and handle for carrying and storing water.

Developed By
  1. NRSRelief
Tested By
  • The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)
  • United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Content Partners


Product Description

The Aquatainer 10 L Collapsible is a UV-stabilized and impact-resistant safe water container manufactured from food-grade low-density polyethylene without toxic elements. It comes with or without a spigot (or faucet).

Target SDGs

SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation

SDG 3: Good Health and Well-Being

Market Suggested Retail Price


Target Users (Target Impact Group)


Distributors / Implementing Organizations

NRS Relief

Competitive Landscape

Direct competitors include Oxfam Bucket and CDC SWS Container.

Manufacturing/Building Method

This product is manufactured by NRS Relief at their production facility, H. Sheikh Noor-ud-Din & Sons, in Lahore, Pakistan.

Intellectural Property Type

Trade Secret

User Provision Model

NRS Relief is a product supplier to aid organizations. Organizations and individuals can also contact NRS Relief directly for quotes and procurement.

Distributions to Date Status

Between 2017 to 2020, it is estimated that over 100,000 water containers have been distributed by NRS Relief. Interview with Representatives in 2020

Container volume (L)

10 L

Integrated dispensing tap (yes/no)


Handle for carrying (yes/no)



Low-density polyethylene (LDPE)

Design Specifications

The Aquatainer 10 L Collapsible is manufactured with food-grade LDPE (low-density polyethylene) and fitted with a built-in carrying handle and a removable cap for filling and discharge. It can withstand temperatures between -20 °C and +50 °C. It is impact-resistant, translucent, and UV-stabilized. Dimensions are as follows: Capacity: 10 L Weight: 180 – 230 g Average thickness: Minimum 30 mm Built-in handle: 90 x 30 mm Polyamide string: 1 mm diameter and 120 mm long

Product Schematics

Technical Support

Technical support is provided by the manufacturer.

Replacement Components

Not available



Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters

Designer specified performance targets include: meeting ICRC/IFRC standards, portability and storage of clean drinking water, UV-stabilized, and impact-resistant.

Vetted Performance Status

Testing performed by the manufacturer to determine the product’s impact resistance through impact resistance/drop tests from a 2 m height without damage or leakage. To be accepted, the container must withstand a minimum of 3 drops. Additionally, the product is tested in independent laboratories for compliance with UNHCR and ICRC/IFRC standards. Interview with Representatives in 2020


No known safety hazards are related to this product.

Complementary Technical Systems


Academic Research and References

“Target region,” Nrsrelief.com. Available: https://www.nrsrelief.com/

N. R. S. Relief, “Our impact,” Nrsrelief.com, 16-May-2016. Available: https://www.nrsrelief.com/about-us/our-impact/

“Goal 6,” Sdgs.un.org. Available: https://sdgs.un.org/goals/goal6

“Aquatainer 10L Collapsible,” Nrsrelief.com. Available: https://www.nrsrelief.com/products/aquatainer-10-collapsible/

 “Aquatainer 10L Collapsible,” Engineering For Change. Available: http://old.engineeringforchange.org/solutions/product/aquatainer-10l-collapsible/

“Contact manufacturer,” Nrsrelief.com. Available: https://www.nrsrelief.com/ouroffice/

“Embracing lean production to better serve vulnerable populations,” Nrsrelief.com. Available: https://www.nrsrelief.com/blog/embracing-lean-production-to-better-serve-vulnerable-populations/

Compliance with regulations

Manufactured from food grade materials without toxic elements according to EN 1186-3-9 standard. NRS Relief products comply with ISO standards: ISO 14000: 2004 Environmental Management ISO 9001: 2015 Quality Management, Sales, Business Development, Supply Chain Management, Warehousing, Relief Supplies SA 8000 - Certification - Social Accountability

Evaluation methods

The product is evaluated for impact resistance through impact/drop tests by the manufacturer.

Other Information


Comments from the Community


  1. Alex says:

    In addition, the adherence to the USAID endorsed design principles is well noted.

  2. E4C.COMMENTS says:

    Noel Wilson says:

    Specs, schematics and Tech support section is great.

  3. Noel Wilson says:

    The ‘This keeps children learning’ section could be removed as it is a big assumption.

  4. E4C.COMMENTS says:

    Anna Murray says:

    This safe storage container has an integrated tap, handle for carrying, and is the
    same typical size as most jerry cans used for drinking water in sub-Saharan
    Africa. It is also manufactured in several countries, which supports local
    economies and keeps shipping costs lower. While the small opening is
    advantageous to prevent users from dipping hands or cups into the container, it
    also makes it difficult to clean inside. Overall it seems like a well-designed safe
    storage container.

  5. Anna Murray says:

    – The “Competitive landscape” entry here is not the same as the other two water containers, which may have only listed jerrycans.
    – “The Aquatainer improves access to clean water for low-income populations.” This is a bit of a bold statement. A container doesn’t really directly improve access to clean water. It helps maintain the quality of water during transport and storage.

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