Sancayani Water Reservoir Filled with Water in its First Year

In 2012 Mano a Mano dedicated a large water reservoir project in Sancayani, Bolivia. Sancayani is a rural community in the department of Cochabamba high in the Bolivian Andes – about 14,000 feet above sea level.

Dedication ceremony at the Sancayani reservoir with the community and Mano a Mano staff and volunteers

Dedication ceremony at the Sancayani reservoir with the community and Mano a Mano staff and volunteers

This water project consists of 2 large water reservoirs, Sallamani Chico and Sallamani Grande. Rainwater and snow melt are collected via a channel into the Sallamani Chico reservoir first, which can hold about 250,000 cubic meters of water.

Sallamani Chico reservoir

Sallamani Chico reservoir

Sallamani Chico Reservoir

Sallamani Chico Reservoir

Once the Sallamani Chico reservoir is filled, excess water flows into the Sallamani Grande reservoir, which can hold about 350,000 cubic meters of water. Mano a Mano staff visited the site last week and took this video clip of the Sallamani Grande reservoir filled with water:

Sallamani Grande Reservoir Filled with Water

The project provides irrigation water to more than 20,000 Bolivians.

More Information about Sancayani

  • Video made about the community of Sancayani and why they needed a water project:



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