This project responded to the most basic human need: accessibility to safe water. The project started in 2010 and lasted 2 years, and was funded by a private charitable foundation. The project was lead by Istituto Oikos and run by Oikos East Africa with the Meru District Council, University of Insubria, University of Milano Bicocca. In the target sub-villages 85 km of new pipelines of safe water were installed, with 152 public taps; 18000 people were reached with water, and 5000 students of primary and secondary schools, pastoralists had access to 11 cattle troughs feeding water to 39.000 cattle heads. Water consortia were created to run sustainably the water system and maintain the pipelines through a water users fees.