Permanent Clean Water for a Community in Kenya

by Excellent Development


The members of Uvaani community group in Mbooni district, southeast Kenya have asked for support to build a sand dam so 1,200 people can have their own local source of clean water. (See pics for info)

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Uvanni community live in a semi arid area where water is in short supply. Women and children spend hours a day collecting water from far away, thus having no time for education, housekeeping and generating income. 46 associated community members have approached Excellent for support to build a sand dam: it will capture the seasonal rain and filter it through the river sand. This will positively impact the wider community of 9,600 people by providing year-round clean water for at least 30 years


The community gets ownership of the project: They will collect the sand and stones needed, build the dam & terrace the land next to the site in order to grow food. Excellent Development will provide technical support, cement and monitor the progress.

Long-Term Impact

Very low maintenance technology, a sand dam typically provides permanent clean water for 1,200 people, allowing them to grow more food, plant trees and raise livestock. The local water table will also be recharged, improving the environment.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


Excellent Development Website
Excellent Development 6 minute Film
Further Information on Sand Dams

Organization Information

Excellent Development

Location: BRENTFORD, Middx - United Kingdom
Website: http:/​/​
Excellent Development
Sophie Bown
Project Leader:
Sophie Bown
Staff Member
Brentford, Middx United Kingdom

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