Aerial view of a man-made dam in the Samburu district in north Kenya. Since rainfall is erratic and evaporates quickly, the Samburu build dams to collect water from underground channels. These dams are used not only by the community for food preparation and washing, but also by their livestock and wildlife. I was a volunteer with the Samburu Conservation Research Initiative for two weeks, and took part in collecting and testing water samples from regional water sources. Fecal contamination was detected in 100% of sampled dams.