Updated on January 10, 2024


Created on July 11, 2016

CDC SWS Container

The CDC SWS Container is a modified jerry designed for safe water storage in households.

Tested By
  • Center for Disease Control (CDC)
Content Partners
  1. Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technologies (CAWST)


Product Description

The CDC SWS Container is a 20-liter modified jerrycan with an integrated tap and handle for carrying water for household use. This container was designed as part of the CDC’s Safe Water System (SWS) Program to promote the safe handling and storing of drinking water.

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

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) organizes the distribution of this product.

Competitive Landscape

Direct competitors include Aquatainer 10L Collapsible and Oxfam Bucket.

Manufacturing/Building Method

This product is manufactured in Uganda, Afghanistan, Kenya, and the United States through partners of the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).

Intellectural Property Type


User Provision Model

This product is provided through the CDC’s Safe Water Storage program.

Distributions to Date Status

As of 2013, Safe Water System (SWS) programs utilizing these containers have been implemented in over 35 countries around the world.

Container volume (L)

20 L

Integrated dispensing tap (yes/no)


Handle for carrying (yes/no)




Design Specifications

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.

Product Schematics

Technical Support

Technical support is provided by the CDC.

Replacement Components




Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters

Intended to be a form of Safe Water Storage.

Vetted Performance Status

This product is recommended by the CDC and has been analyzed in the field.


The product is safe to use.

Complementary Technical Systems


Academic Research and References

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 S. A., vol. 35, no. 4, pp. 505–516, 2009.

CDC, “Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 25-Oct-2023. Available: https://www.cdc.gov/index.htm

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

DC, “Global Water, Sanitation, & Hygiene (WASH),” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 01-Mar-2023. Available: https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/global/index.html

“Safe Water Storage,” Cdc.gov, 15-Nov-2022. Available: https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/global/safe-water-storage.html

“Household Water Treatment,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 20-Oct-2022. Available: https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/global/household-water-treatment.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fsafewater%2Fstorage.html

“This Content Has Moved,” Cdc.gov. Available: https://www.cdc.gov/safewater/pdf/sws-overview-factsheet508c.pdf

Other information, “Publications, Data, & Statistics,” 15-Nov-2022. Available: https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/global/wash_publications.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fsafewater%2Fprograms-projects.html

Compliance with regulations


Evaluation methods

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.

Other Information

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

Comments from the Community


  1. Michael Moscherosch says:

    Combining sales with education of customers is a very good approach.

  2. Michael Moscherosch says:

    Regarding IP: Converting banana fibers to absorbent fluff and using it in napkins is known in the art and practiced in other operations (e.g. SHE’s go! pads). US 8,936,697 is a granted US patent that discloses the application. Saathi’s approach could be difficult to patent and a patent would be difficult to enforce.

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