Baku, Azerbaijan, April 21
By Temkin Jafarov - Trend:
There is a shortage of drinking water in some 517 cities of Iran, and this problem has reached a critical point, the Iranian IRNA news agency reported.
The head of Iran Water and Sewage Company, Hamidrza Janbaz, said the deficit of water is caused by uneven population growth, increase in the number of residential areas, nonconformity of development plans to water resources and others.
Since July 2013, water was delivered to some cities of Iran's Gilan, Hormozgan and Kerman provinces via schedule.
Iran is located in the arid zone, and the country has repeatedly faced with drought for the past 40 years.
Drought in 1992-2002 caused a considerable damage to agriculture. In some cities, including Tehran, quotas were established for sweet-water.
Translated by S.I.
Edited by S.I.