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Borings to Test Water Resources of Southern Palestine

February 10, 1938
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In order to ascertain the water resources of the Southern District as proposed by the Royal Commission, the boring of six wells in the Gaza and Beersheba district will begin shortly. Preliminary arrangements have already been commenced by the Engineering Corporation of Palestine which has signed a contract with the authorities for the boring of 16 wells in the Gaza and Beersheba district at a cost of approximately $100,000.

Six well boring machines have been sent to the South and all the wells will be sunk simultaneously. The boring is being supervised by Mr. M.L. Bassan, a mechanical engineer and one of the directors of the E.C.P. The technical work will be carried out by skilled Jewish workers, and Arabs from neighboring villages will be employed for the unskilled work. Jews and Arabs have been employed as watchmen.

It is learned that the Government is planning to make 12 further borings in the Jordan Valley and six or seven in the Mejdal-Gaza areas.

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