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SAIF in Spanish
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SAIF in Spanish

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

Lavarse las manos

2. Sanidad del agua

Diferencias entre el agua en la ciudad y en el campo
Purificación del agua
Agua envasada
El plomo en el agua
Para más información sobre la sanidad del agua, vea el sitio de la Agencia de Protección del Medio Ambiente (Environmental Protection Agency) de los Estados Unidos aquí

3. Preocupaciones en nuestra región

El sodio en el agua
Cuidando su pozo de poca profundidad

4. Previniendo bacterias

Las bacterias en la cocina
Las moscas
La basura


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 & Worship


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)
I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink...

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
When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, "Will you give me a drink?"

"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)
"This is what the LORD says: 'I have healed this water. Never again will it cause death or make the land unproductive.'" And the water has remained wholesome to this day, according to the word Elisha had spoken.

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)
...You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.

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?

For Reflection

Exodus 17:6
I will stand there before you by the rock at Horeb. Strike the rock, and water will come out of it for the people to drink." So Moses did this in the sight of the elders of Israel.

Numbers 20:11
Then Moses raised his arm and struck the rock twice with his staff. Water gushed out, and the community and their livestock drank.

1 Samuel 7:6
When they had assembled at Mizpah, they drew water and poured it out before the Lord.

II Kings 3:16-20
16 and he said, "This is what the L ord says: Make this valley full of ditches.

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
20 As for the other events of Hezekiah's reign, all his achievements and how he made the pool and the tunnel by which he brought water into the city, are they not written in the book of the annals of the kings of Judah?

Proverbs 5:15
Drink water from your own cistern, running water from your own well.

Proverbs 5:16
Should your springs overflow in the streets, your streams of water in the public squares?

Isaiah 12:3
With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.

Isaiah 41:17-18
When the poor and needy seek water…I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water.

Isaiah 49:10
They will neither hunger nor thirst, nor will the desert heat or the sun beat upon them. He who has compassion on them will guide them and lead them beside springs of water.

Isaiah 55:1
"Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost.

Isaiah 58:11
11 The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.

Jeremiah 2:13b (CEV)
…and you’ve tried to collect water in cracked and leaking pits dug in the ground.

Ezekiel 36:25
I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols.

John 7:37-38
37 On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink.

38 Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him."

Revelation 8:11
the name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the waters turned bitter, and many people died from the waters that had become bitter.

Revelation 21:6
He said to me: "It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life.

Revelation 22:17
The Spirit and the bride say, "Come!" And let him who hears say, "Come!" Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life.



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.

The melodies are “Wade in the Water” and “Wayfaring Stranger.” The lead singers are Rev. Gayl Fowler, Peggy Gaddy, and David Harcum, backed up by Garfield and Vashti Parker. Guitar accompaniment is by Rev. Herbert Middleton.

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.

For further information about the performance or efforts to address the problems, contact Gayl Fowler at 804 580-2079 or visit the SAIF Water web site at www.saifwater.org


For Children

Download the new SAIF coloring book here (PDF, 840KB).

Groundwater Quiz

Wellhead Willy's Arcade

Conserve Water Activity Book

Water Science for Schools




Pamphlets & Videos


A Better Bored Well
Disinfecting Wells
Northern Neck Aquifers Study 2003
Northern Neck Aquifers 2006
Photo Summary - Groundwater 2004
Remediation of Water Table Wells
Well Inspection
Water Coloring Book for Children


Agua, Ciudad y Campo
Agua Envasada
Bacteria y Cocina
El Plomo
La Basura
La Rabia
La Sal y el Sodio
Las Moscas
Lavarse las Manos
Todo Sobre el Agua
Un Buen Pozo




* 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

Groundwater Virginia

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

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

USGS report "The Quality of Our Nation's Waters:
Nutrients and Pesticides"

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)