NOTA: Gracias a Edén Aguilar Gastellum y César Camacho Vagas, ambos de Topolobampo, Mexico, por traducir esta sección de SAIF al español.
Haga click en los enlaces (en azul) para ver la información en español (en formato PDF Acrobat):
1. El agua es importante, pero cuide su salud
2. Sanidad del agua
3. Preocupaciones en nuestra región
4. Previniendo bacterias
Nota: Varios de los dibujos utilizados en estos documentos pertenecen a la serie ClickArt Christian Graphics Deluxe de la Learning Company, copyright 1999 The Learning Company, Inc. y sus empresas filiales, 88 Rowland Way, Novato CA 94945 USA. Todos los derechos reservados.
Note: The images used herein were obtained from the Learning Company's ClickArt Christian Graphics Deluxe product, copyright 1999 The Learning Company, Inc. and its subsidiaries, 88 Rowland Way, Novato CA 94945 USA. All rights reserved.
Bible on Cassette
Among the people SAIF Water has helped, we have met many who could no longer see to read the Bible and some who did not have opportunity to learn to read well enough.
Our hearts go out to people who have never had the opportunity to read the Bible. A number of churches helped us purchase cassette tapes of the New Testament and some large print copies of the Contemporary English Version.
Water of Life
We are happy to share with you some bulletin inserts that reflect on passages in the Bible concerning water. Feel free to make use of them as you wish.
Matthew 25:35 (NIV)
Many people in our area do not have water on their land and have to drive to a service station or church and haul it home in jugs.
How many jugs of water would it take to fill up your bathtub?
How many baths would you take each week if you had to carry the water in in jugs?
Virginia ranks second in the nation for the greatest number of rural households without complete plumbing.
John 4:7, 11
"Sir," the woman said, "you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep."
In Lancaster and Northumberland Counties, many people still have to draw water out of their well with a bucket and rope because they don't have a pump. It can cost about $1,300 to put a pump in a well and a pipeline and electrical line to bring the water to the house. One grandmother used to carry her water 200 feet from the well back to the house before SAIF Water put in a pump for her.
II Kings 2:19-22 (NIV)
In Lancaster and Northumberland Counties many people have bugs, bats, mice and snakes in their wells because they don't have a good safety cap.
It costs about $90 for a big cement safety cap that fits well enough in order to keep things out of the water. Some people don't have the money to buy one, and some people don 't know how important it is. SAIF Water Wells, Inc. teaches people how to clean up their water and keep it safe.
Isaiah 58:11 (NIV)
In Lancaster and Northumberland Counties if you have an artesian well, your well goes 400-800 feet down into the ground to reach the water. Because we are near the ocean, artesian water has lots of salt in it (about 144 mg/liter). Many flowers and plants would die if they were watered with it.
Healthy people can drink that much salt in their water, but for people who have blood pressure and other illnesses affected by sodium, the Environmental Protection Agency advises them not to drink water that has more the 20 mg/ltr.
Many poor people with heart conditions in our area haul their water home from churches and service stations that have artesian wells.
Taste a glass of distilled water and another glass from the faucet at your church. Can you tell which one has the most salt?
1 Samuel 7:6
II Kings 3:16-20
17 For this is what the Lord says: You will see neither wind nor rain, yet this valley will be filled with water, and you, your cattle and your other animals will drink.
II Kings 20:20
Jeremiah 2:13b (CEV)
38 Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him."
Local Poverty Described in Music on the Web
Take a mini visit to the Smithsonian National FolkLife Festival to hear two songs which describe living conditions for poor folk in the Northern Neck.
The SAIF Water Singers were recorded live singing two familiar songs, but with verses that tell what it’s like to live without good water. The fact that many people in the area do not have indoor plumbing is well known.
But the songs also tell about widespread water quality problems—iron bacteria and sulfur odor—that can turn clothes brown and smelly. The cost of going to the Laundromat to wash enough clothes to keep up with children is a sizeable chunk out of the budget. Include ,also, the cost of gas as the Laundromat is often 15 to 20 miles from home.
Only the audio is available on line. The actual performance was also sung in sign language by Martha Sydnor, Maurice Peterson, and Rev. Gayl Fowler.
Download the new SAIF coloring book here (PDF, 840KB).
* indicates member of American Groundwater Trust
American Groundwater Trust
Bottled Water - Natural Resources Defense Council
Campaign for Safe and Affordable Drinking water (rec. by PSR)
Clean Water Action (rec. by PSR)
Economic Research Service - US Dept. Agriculture
EPA's Water Protection Homepage
EPA's Drinking Water pager
Filters, water: NSF International
Freshwater Society, The
Groundwater Foundation, The
Ground Water Protection Council
Irrigation Association, The
Lancaster County, Virginia. The Friends of Lancaster County, Virginia, have posted on their website the proposed state regulations on water supply planning. It details requirements for counties and localities to plan for adequate water supply for 30-50 years and prepare contingency plans for droughts. www.folcva.org
League of Women Voters' Drinking Water Site
Lifewater International-Canada Technical papers from US Agency for Inter. Develelopment
National Agricultural Library Water Quality Information Center
National Drinking Water Clearinghouse
National Drought Mitigation Center
National Ground Water Association
National Pesticides Telecommunications Network
National Religious Partnership for the Environment
National Rural Water Association (NRWA)
Northeast Rural Water Association
Natural Resources Defense Council
Northumberland Association for Progressive Stewardship
Pesticide Action Network
Pesticide Education Project-N.C. Agricultural Resources Center
See Natl. Pesticide....
Beyond Pesticides - National Coalition
Physicians for Social Responsibility-safe drinking water program
Private Wells - US Groundwater Trust
Rural Community Assistance Program-We are with SE/RCAP
Safe Drinking Water News (rec. by PSR)
Southeast Rural Community Assistance Project (Virginia Water Project)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
U.S. Geological Survey
U.S. Water News
USGS Water Science for Schools
USGS Virginia Water Science Center
USGS Professional Paper 1731
Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
Virginia State Climatology Office
Virginia Water Resources Research Center Va. Tech
Virginia Water Well Association
Water Education Foundation
The Water Page--United Kingdom
Water Systems Council (WSC) *
Water Quality Association (WQA)
Water Technology Online
Well owners--maintenance, testing
World Health Organization (WHO)
World Water and Climate Atlas
World Water Council (WWC)