A search for more water resources in the northwestern part of China
has produced results, said a senior official from the Ministry of
Land and Resources.
Tian Fengshan, minister of land and resources, said in Hohhot of
Inner Mongolia on Wednesday that more than 50 new water sources
have been discovered in deserts, lava areas, and bitter and salty
water areas in the northwestern region, since the program was launched
during the ninth Five-Year Plan (1996-2000) period.
Tian said that more than one billion cubic meter of water can be
extracted annually from these water-bearing areas. The program has
also completed digging over 350 wells, each with a daily water output
of 660,000 cubic meters.
The minister said that the ministry has launched more projects to
explore water resources in the Ordos Basin in north China's Inner
Mongolia Autonomous Region, the Hexi Corridor in Gansu Province
and the Tarim Basin in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.
(People's Daily 07/06/2000)