The 27th World Water Day and the 32nd China Water Week fell on March 23 to 24, 2019. The China Women's Development Foundation organized netizens and reporters to inspect the implementation of the Water Cellar for Mothers Project in Qingshuihe County in Hohhot, North China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.
Qingshuihe County, with an average altitude of 1,373 meters, is situated at the northernmost end of the Loess Plateau, where the mountainous terrain has an annual rainfall of 410 mm and annual evaporation of 2,577.5 mm. Although many rivers flow through the county it experiences water shortages.
Water supply facilities in Qingshuihe County provided by the Water Cellar for Mothers Project
From 2017 to 2018, the CWDF allocated 889,100 yuan (US $127,048) of public charitable donations for the construction of water supply projects in Yangpo and Dongergou villages in Qingshuihe County, providing drinking water for 327 people and 1,491 livestock. The two villages' water quality has improved and its volume has grown remarkably, converting 30 percent of people’s labor from transferring water to productive work.
With a guaranteed water supply people's medical and sanitary conditions have been greatly enhanced.
Zhang Juzhen, is an old man who lives in a mountainous area short of water. Zhang and his wife dug a water-retention well for collecting water. With the decline of the water table in 2013, the well dried up and Zhang had to buy water from another village. In 2017, a water cellar was build in Yangpo, and Zhang was able to use water at home to meet daily needs. He also used it to plant vegetables.
Zhang Juzhen's wife uses running water at home.
The couple of Wu Junli and Qin Buying were among the first to operate a farm in Yangpo. The factory building was built in their expansive backyard where they raised 250 cattle. Since 2008, there has been a shortage of water in the village. In 2013 the farm had to shut down for that reason.
Wu Junli and Qin Buying are one of the first couples to operate a farm in Yangpo Village.
In 2017, the Water Cellar for Mothers Project ensured plenty of water for irrigation and cattle raising. The couple reopened the farm and raised more than 200 sheep.
In the same year, the project carried on in Yangpo, spending 449,100 yuan (US $64,174) of donated money to construct a water supply system, an electro-mechanical well 170 meters deep, a 100 cubic meter impounding reservoir, a management room, a pump room and a 2,780 meter pipeline, offering safe water for 32 households, 83 people and 531 cattle.
Dongergou Village is a municipal-level poor village. In the past, villagers had to collect rain to solve a shortage of drinking water. When a drought arrived, villagers had to go far away to get water.
In 2018, the Water Cellar for Mothers Project built an electro-mechanical well in Dongergou Village, as well as a 100 cubic meter impounding reservoir and a 2,950 meter pipeline for water transport.
Villager Zhang Zhaoshuan, 79, has a son but he works outside the village, making it very inconvenient for her to get water from any other place. Thanks to the project, Zhang can now drink water at home at any time.
The project has brought magnificent changes to villagers' lives. Water shortages had been a barrier to their getting rid of poverty. Villagers may buy water from other places but the cost is heavy, as is the water itself, leading to physical exhaustion from carrying it.
Netizens and reporters are invited to inspect the implementation of the Water Cellar for Mothers Project in Qingshuihe County in Hohhot, Inner Mongolia.
Water should be the most basic demand, but it became an expensive luxury in the county.
Hopefully, with the help of the Water Cellar for Mothers Project, the county will revitalize and its people will be able to drink and use fresh and safe water in their daily lives.
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