People in northwest China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, which
has the largest Muslim population in the country, have successfully
sunk a fresh water well in an area formerly thought to have no
a ceremony held Sunday to mark the opening of the well at Tanshan
Township in Guyuan City in Ningxia, Hai Zhengming, an 84-year-old
man of Hui nationality, said, "I will never forget today and will
always remind my descendants what the government has done for
The well is part of China's drive to search for water resources in
the arid western areas. The project, which was launched in 2001,has
cost 20 million yuan (2.4 million US dollars).
Gratifying results have been achieved in the past year. A total of
23 wells have been drilled in Xinjiang, Gansu, Qinghai,
Ningxia,Shaanxi, Shanxi and Inner Mongolia, which provide clean
drinking water for 100,000 people.
Yan Liehong, director of the Department of Land and Resources of
Ningxia, said, "A well not only helps solve the problem of water
shortages for residents, but also opens up a new way of searching
for water in areas of scarcity."
The people in Tanshan, a township built on Jurassic rock in a
mountainous area in southern Ningxia, used to have to drink bitter
The regional geological prospecting team began to drill the well in
October 2001, but failed. However, by applying remote-sensing and
other vital advanced technology, it succeeded on Dec. 9 this year
in drilling a 200-meter-deep well, which produces 250 cubic meters
of water daily. Tests prove its quality is similar to that of water
used by urban dwellers.
(People’s Daily December 30, 2002)