Sand dams: a sustainable solution for water scarce regions

Sand dam fitted with a filtration gallery



  • Diagram showing how sand dams work and mature with time (source: sand dams manual from  excellent development)
  • A fully matured sand dam filled with sand sediment (source: sand dam’s manual from excellent development)
  • Sand Dam used as a road crossing in Kenya. A mature sand dam like this one stores up to 6-10 million litres of water (Photo: Ncamiso Mhlanga)
  • Collecting water from a scoop hole in a sand dam in Kenya
  • Sand dam fitted with a filtration gallery