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Water Wells in Africa - Can You Dig It?
Fresh Well Water for Africans
There is one special charity that I can always get behind and that is digging water wells in Africa. I first heard about it in the 90's while watching James Robison's Life Today television program. James has been digging deep fresh water wells in Africa for many years now. At one point I was able to sponsor 1/3 of a well, and have sent smaller contributions over the years in order to make a difference. Fact: 80% of the 3rd world's diseases come directly from drinking available water.
Fact: If we could give everyone fresh, clean water to drink we would eliminate most of the sicknesses, parasites, and give them a choice of life, not death. This lens tells something about the problem and proposes solutions to it.
"One out of every five people on earth does not have access to safe drinking water. Thirty thousand people die every day from drinking contaminated water," says Ryan Hreljac, founder of the Ryan's Well Foundation and co-chair of Mining for Water. "UNICEF says that 80 percent of sickness and death among children is caused by water-related diseases – that's almost 4 million deaths every year.
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Explaining The Need
Water is as important as food for the life of the individual. In fact, a person
can go many days without eating, but can go dramatically fewer without
water. Our bodies are made up mostly of water, and the loss of it can kill
us very quickly. There is no one in the world that lives without water, but
there are many who live without GOOD water. One of the purposes we
have in drilling a water well is to offer the village or individual a source of
good, clean, contaminant-free drinking and cooking water. The World
Health Organization estimates that 80% of the 3rd world's diseases come
directly from their drinking water. If we could give everyone clean water to
drink we would eliminate most of the sicknesses, and almost all of the
parasites they encounter, which would dramatically improve their health.
Improved health gives them the opportunity to be more productive, thus
better able to care for their families. Statistics demonstrate that good
water is a life-sustaining thing. In the villages of Northern Ghana, where
people drink from contaminated ponds and other water sources, the infant
mortality rate is three out of every ten children dying before their fifth
birthday. Where we have drilled a well, and the people are drinking
exclusively from the well water, the infant mortality rate has dropped to
less than one out of ten! This is significant.
God has been gracious to mankind and
has offered him all that he needs to
sustain his physical life. Perhaps,
apart from the air we breathe, there is
nothing we need more than water. We can live
many days without food, but we cannot live long
without water. We have to rehydrate ourselves
Water falls to the earth through rain or snow. It
travels to streams, rivers and lakes. There it evaporates, forming more clouds for more
rain, or it seeps into the earth to form an underground aquifer. Scientists estimate that
there is thirty times more water underground than on top.
That is an interesting statistic. In addition, although 70% of
the earth is covered by water, only about 3% of the water
supply is fresh water. A good portion of that is frozen at the
north and south poles. In addition, the Great Lakes contain
95% of the fresh surface water in the U.S., and about
20% of the fresh surface water on the planet. That leaves
precious little for the world to find and consume.
Harvesting Available Water.......
Thousand Year Old Methods......
How Water Behaves (1)
As the water travels underground it is filtered by the sand and gravel that it flows
through. This cleans the water and makes it potable. There are, of course, certain
cases where water has flowed through rocks that contain minerals that are leeched
from the rocks. This taints the water and gives it a bad taste, odor, or both. Most of
the time, however, the water is excellent quality and better than any city water, which is
treated with chemicals to cleanse or for some other use.
As a general rule, most of the good, clean, pleasant tasting water comes from layers of
sand and/or gravel, and can be found at many different depths throughout the world.
The following comes from the U.S. Geological Survey site:
One of our most valuable resources is the water beneath our feet - something you can't
see and may not even know is there! As you may have read, most of the void spaces in
the rocks below the water table are filled with water. But rocks have different porosity
and permeability characteristics, which means that water does not move around the
same way in all rocks.
When a water-bearing rock readily transmits water to wells and springs, they are called
aquifers. Wells can be drilled into the aquifers and water can be pumped out.
Precipitation eventually adds water (recharge) into the porous rock of the aquifer. The
rate of recharge is not the same for all aquifers, though, and that must be considered
when pumping water from a well. Pumping too much water too fast draws down the
water in the aquifer and eventually causes a well to yield less and less water and even
run dry. In fact, pumping your well too fast can even cause your neighbor's well to run
dry if you both are pumping from the same aquifer.
Charities and Organizations that Deal With The Problem........
- Water For Life
James Robison's Water For Life Project.
- The Water Project
The Water Project
- Water Wells For Africa
Water Wells For Africa
Lifewater.Canada - a Canadian Charity that deals with providing Water Wells.
- Global Ministries
- Water Well Drilling Ministries
Water Well Drilling Ministries
- Global Water Ministries
- Wellspring Africa
- Ghana Mission
Ghana Mission Water Drilling Manual (pdf)
- Video: Water Well Drilling Rig
Video: Water Well Drilling Rig (powered)
- H2O Africa Foundation
H2O Africa Foundation
- Video: Dig Life Saving Water Wells in Africa
Video: Dig Life Saving Water Wells in Africa
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A Misconception Perhaps......
Got the Pump in......! AHHHHH Good, Clean WATER!
Wait a minute.... the water is NOT clean! When you first begin to pump water from
the well it will, most likely, not be clean, but will appear muddy. After several hours,
perhaps days, of use, the water will begin to clear and the well will be clean. Prior to
that time, the water is still good to drink; it will just taste a little muddy. Compare it to
the pond where the people have been fetching their water and see if it is not much
cleaner than what they got from there. Do not worry about the muddy water. The
villagers will not be worried about it at all. They will be happy to have the well, and it
won't be long before the mud will go away......