This Man Spent 36 Years Carving a Path Down Three Mountains to Bring Water to His Village

Everyone needs water to survive. No matter how rich you might become and even if you owned the entire world, you wouldn’t as a week without water.

Because water is also needed by plants and animals, lack of water can lead to lack of food for humans; in turn, this could lead to starvation and eventually death. This is the reason why people try to dig wells and find ways to bring water into their homes.

Back in the 1950s, a small village named Caowangba tucked deep in the mountains of Guizhou Province, China, experienced so much drought that the lone well they drew water from was soon in danger of drying up. All other sources have long dried up and digging new ones proved futile.

There was a rule that nobody could take too much. If they did, someone else may not have any for breakfast. These conditions motivated us,” said deputy chief Xu Zhou.

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Forget irrigation. We had a 330-square-meter rice paddy that was parched to the point you could put your foot in the cracks in the dry season. It was a serious problem. So, we started looking for a serious solution.

The only plausible solution they could think of was to move away to a village where water was available but many of the elders refused to budge. So, Chief Huang Dafa decided they would chisel at the three karst mountains separating them from the next village where flowing water was available.