In the Sahara Touggourt region 300 miles South of Constantine, Algeria, water gushes from newly-opened wells to eventually make the desert bloom.
GV Inspection of wells by officials
CU Signboard at Sidi MaHDi
CU Water in reservoir
LV Officials walk towards
CU Water gushes from pipe into reservoir
SV Officials look on
CU Water in well
TRAVEL SHOT...Car to different area
CU Signpost at Tamerna
SV Officials walk to refrigeration tower
CU TILT DOWN of refrigerating tower
GV Crowds stand around well
LV Water out of pipe
SIDE V.. Officials watch
LV Muddy water into reservoir
GV Of town
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Background: In the Sahara Touggourt region 300 miles South of Constantine, Algeria, water gushes from newly-opened wells to eventually make the desert bloom. The wells - among the deepest of their kind in the world - descend 1650 metres.
An immediate use of the water: supplying nomads and their herds at all seasons. In time, the nomads' age-old search for watering places in the dry season will be at an end. Then the nomads will become settlers-around eventual plantations of date palms and fruit groves.
The water at the newly-opened Sadi Mahdi well, 20 kilometres from Touggourt, already irrigates nearby desert land. It rises from the depths too warm for immediate irrigation needs and is first cooled in a refrigeration plant.