TEHRAN, May 7 (MNA) – Iran’s minister of energy has said the country is on the verge of a serious water crisis for the years to come.
Hamid Chitchian, who was addressing the conference ‘Opportunities for German-Iran
Chitchian believed supplying water in Iran had been a great challenge since days of yore, since “Iran is located in arid and semi-arid desert band, with precipitation below the global average, roughly a third of it,” he said.
He commented on Iran’s water consumption as decreasing from former 4000 cubic meters down to present 1800 cubic meters, which he believed, indicated that Iran was on the verge of a serious water crisis for the years to come, and that “we definitely will be in need of strict and smart water management practice and techniques.”
Chitchian said that the tough job was ahead; however, he said that German companies should provide crucial help in the road to future.
He cited renewable per capita water decrease and pollution of water sources as two major challenges in water sector. “ controlling water overuse in urban areas, using smart systems to prevent wasting water (such as smart control valves), recycling and reusing wastewater in industry, and cooperating with German companies in drafting water and wastewater standards of environment are the ministry’s plans to meet these challenges,” Chitchian told the meeting.
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