CDC SWS Container
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The CDC SWS Container is a modified jerry designed for safe water storage in households.
The CDC works mainly in countries of Asia and Africa.
The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) organizes the distribution of this product.
SDG 6: Clean water and sanitation
Individuals who collect and store water for household use.
This product is manufactured in Uganda, Afghanistan, Kenya, and the United States through partners of the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).
This product is provided through the CDC’s Safe Water Storage program.
As of 2013, Safe Water System (SWS) programs utilizing these containers have been implemented in over 35 countries around the world.
Total volume capacity of the container (Liters)
Whether there is a tap for safer water dispensing (yes or no)
Whether there is a handle attached for carrying (yes or no)
Material the container is made out of (plastic, ceramic, metal, etc.)
The CDC SWS Container is a 20-liter modified jerrycan with an integrated tap and handle.
CDC SWS container has a small opening with a lid or cover which is 3 inches in diameter with a screw-on lid. It has a sturdy screw-on spigot or small opening to allow easy and safe access to the water.
Technical support is provided by the CDC.
Intended to be a form of Safe Water Storage.
Academic institutions and the CDC
The product is safe to use.
N. Potgieter, P.J. Becker, and M.M Ehlers, Evaluation of the CDC safe water-storage intervention to improve the microbiological quality of point-of-use drinking water in rural communities in South Africa; Water SA, vol. 35, n. 4, Jul. 2009.
In this paper, standard methods were used to determine the presence total coliforms, faecal coliforms, Escherichia coli, faecal enterococci, Clostridium perfringens, male-specific F-RNA and somatic coliphages in the water samples. Statistically, the CDC SWS container performed no better than a traditional plastic container.
CDC SWS programs and projects
CDC SWS field stories
Academic articles related to common safe water storage containers:
“Household drinking water in developing countries: a systematic review of microbiological contamination between source and point-of-use” by Jim Wright, Stephen Gundry, and Ronan Conroy
“Household water treatment and safe storage options in developing countries: A review of current implementation practices” by Daniele S. Lantagne, Robert Quick, and Eric D. Mintz
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