Water supply problems for 10 million in west China fixed

15:37, July 14, 2010      

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More than 10 million local residents now have adequate water supplies due to the implementation of the Western Development Strategy that went into effect in 2000, according to a release by the Ministry of Land and Resources yesterday.

The ministry has promoted ecological construction and environmental protection in the last 10 years to provide fundamental support for western development.

The ministry said a complete geological survey that covered all medium-scale land areas was conducted, 3,039 projects have been set up and more than 4.3 billion yuan was invested from 2000 to 2009.

About 513 mineral resources assessment projects with 1.8 billion yuan worth of investments have been arranged and carried out in the 10 major western ore belts.

The investigation and evaluation of land and resources in the western regions provided strong support for mineral development, agriculture, transportation, water conservation, electricity and urbanization.

The ministry said more than 170.5 billion yuan has been spent on geology and mineral resources exploration in western regions in the last 10 years, representing 49.7 percent of the total investment. There are over 877 newly-discovered ore fields. Proven reserves of crude oil, natural gas and coal increased by 50 percent, 101 percent and 26 percent, respectively, from 2001 to 2007.

The ministry also said 858 land consolidation and reclamation projects with 10.8 billion yuan in investments have been carried out and an additional 1,320 square kilometers of arable lands have been cultivated.

Moreover, the ministry has conducted investigations that covered 150,000 square kilometers in serious water shortage regions to complete 340 combined exploration and production wells and 1.8 million shallow wells that directly benefited 10 million local people with water shortages.

Author:Xia Jun, People’s Daily, July 14,2010. Editor: Li Mu


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