Consequently, every day the residents of Caowangba would form a queue at the village’s sole remaining well. “There was a rule that nobody could take too much,” recalled deputy chief of the village, Xu Zhou, in an April 2017 interview with China Daily. “If they did, someone else may not have any for breakfast.”
Unsurprisingly, conditions were tough. Often the villagers went without adequate drinking water – and, perhaps inevitably, arguments frequently broke out over what little was left. Furthermore, the local rice paddy, a vital source of sustenance for the villagers, also began to suffer.
“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,” Zhou continued. “It was a serious problem. So, we started looking for a serious solution.” Thankfully, Dafa had an incredible idea.