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Dynamic Water is an organization dedicated to providing access to clean, safe drinking water to communities in need through partnerships with other organizations working directly with those in need.

We realize that we will not be able to bring clean drinking water to all those in the world who need it, but we refuse to let that stop us from helping those that we can. While we cannot provide clean, safe water to everyone who needs it, we can provide it for a community… a group of families and friends… a group of people... people with real lives, real stories, and a real need.

Welcome to our journey. Come along and help us change some lives.


These are the organizations we partner with, who are working in-country, directly with the communities in need of clean water.


These are the places where we are working to bring access to clean, safe drinking water.


We are working to fund and organize the implentation of clean water projects across the globe.


These are the events that we host to provide funding for the projects we are working on to bring access to clean, safe drinking water.













Published Tue, Oct 24, 17. Written by Shannon Smith.

In Africa, women spend 40,000,000,000 hours a year walking for water.
The average distance that women and children walk for water in Africa and Asia is 3.7 miles.

For years, I have read and said things like the this.  I have spouted off statistics and told stories of the plight of those X women and children.  I have asked numerous people to pick up containers of water to allow them experience the weight of the burden carried by those without local access to clean water.

Until Saturday, September 22, 2017, my experience with carrying water was limited to setting up for presentations and toting around a 750mL personal water bottle [add link to our water bottles].  While I had sympathy for the those we serve and a desire to improve their lives.  I have never walked in their shoes.  I have never had to take the long walk to water.  I had never tried to understand better by experiencing their daily journey of carrying what’s necessary for our survival.  I had no empathy.

Kim Smith starting off the Carry the Water 5k

This Fall, our partner Global Hope India, held Carry the Water, a 5K with a twist.  As a part of the event, participants carried containers to collect water.  Two-thirds of the way through the course, we filled our containers with water and carried them to the finish line.  A generous sponsor had committed to fund up to four clean water projects based on how much water was collected by the racers.

Our family of five participated in the event.  We brought with us containers similar to those I have witnessed people carrying in the communities we serve.  We had jerrycans, buckets, and large water jugs.

The race started with a walk through the beautiful Dorthea Dix Park.  Carrying the containers was a little cumbersome, but no real burden.  We reached the water source having not broken a sweat, as the weather was nice and the course was mostly shaded.

Shannon Smith struggling through the Carry the Water 5k

After filling our containers to the max we could carry, we set off for the final mile.  From the beginning, the water was heavy.  I carried a five gallon water cooler bottle.  My wife, Kim, and friend, Amber, each had a jerrycan, and my 10-year-old-son had a bucket.  In total we had roughly 12 gallons (100 lbs) of water.

Carrying the water got more difficult with each step.  We had to shift how we carried the containers and trade off who carried which.  The walk that would normally take 10-15 minutes turned into 30 minutes.  Near the end, another participant came to our aid and helped carry the water.  Upon finishing, our muscles ached and we were covered in sweat.

To us, this was a workout unlike our normal routines.  To 648,000,000 people around the world, this is a daily reality.  I learned more on that mile walk than I have in years about why people need local access to clean water.  That walk gave me empathy for those we serve.

The walk also has increased my desire to help more communities.  I would love to have your help in lifting this burden from another community.  Your donation of $25 will change one person’s life, $100 can change an entire family.  Will you join me?


Working together with family and friends to finish the Carry the Water 5k

Paying the Bills in El Porvenir

Published Fri, Sep 02, 16. Written by Shannon Smith.

This is a cross post from our Nicaraguan partners, SuNica, containing great news about our project in El Porvenir.  The El Porvenir project was fully completed in July.  August was the first month where water bills came due.  The community responded wonderfully.  Read more below...

Paying the bills in El Porvenir

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Paying the Bills in El Porvenir

The thing we all care about.  Is our work and your dollars doing the thing we wanted it to do?  That is the million dollar question.  Stories like this give us a great insight to how we're doing and how El Porvenir is doing.  August was the first billing day in El Porvenir. Each family had 10 days to pay their modest, but fair bill for their metered water usage of the new system. On August 10th, 96% of the community had paid their bill. The community bill collector/enforcer/maintenance employee gave the "notice-of-water-cut-off" on August 10th and by the 11th, 100% of the community had paid. 


Praise God!  As a staff, we've been thinking about the first billing cycle for over two years. This was a great start and almost as important as the completion of the project itself.


Blocktoberfest 2018

Join us on Oct. 13 for the 2nd Annual Blocktober Fest!“Little City Big Heart"Where:Little City Brewing and Provisions Co. 400 W. North St. (Between West and Harrington Streets)● 2nd annual ev...


Orissa High School

Our partners in Orissa India do many great things.  We have worked with them to provide clean water in ways that impact several of those great things. We are jumping in to help in a way that i...


Pay The Water Bill

Pay the Water Bill is the campaign for our on going support.  Donors make a monthly contribution to "Pay the Water Bill" for others in need.


Our Team

We are dedicated to changing lives through providing local access to clean water.


Shannon Smith

Raleigh, NC
– Executive Director & Founder –

In 2008, Shannon founded Dynamic Water to address a root cause of extreme poverty, communities lacking local access to clean water. Since, Shannon has teamed up with countless others to provide life-changing water in communities around the world, all the while trying to balance his duties as husband to Kim, father to three kids, and his full-time job in software management.

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