Iran facing water crisis: energy minister

TEHRAN, Dec. 7 (MNA) – Energy Minister Hamid Chitchian says the water shortage in Iran has turned into crisis and it is showing itself across the country, the Mehr news agency reported on Friday.

“Today, the problem of water resources is not just limited to one province and generally it is showing itself as a crisis in the country,” the energy minister said in a meeting with the MPs representing Fars Province, which is known as the breadbasket of Iran.

The minister said “old methods” such as building dams will not help to “get out” of this crisis and the focus must chiefly be on “water management”.

Over the past 25 years Iran has succeeded to occupy the third place in the world in terms of dam building but now most countries in the world, including Iran, are facing serious water shortages, the minister explained.

He said 92 percent of the country’s water resources are used in agricultural sector.

While the water reservoirs in rivers in Iran are just only about 46 billion cubic meters the dams in the country have an empty space of 68 billion cubic meters, the minister lamented.

By Mehr News Agency


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