Baku, Azerbaijan, June 6
By Umid Niayesh - Trend:
Iran's dam reservoir input has reached 27 billion cubic meters during the current crop year which began on September 22, 2013 which indicates a 5 percent decline compared to same period of the last crop year.
Dam reservoir output from the beginning of the current crop year has reached 18 billion cubic meters which indicates a 5 percent decrease compared to same period of preceding year, Iran's official IRNA news agency reported on June 6.
The total volume of water in the country's dam reservoirs currently stands at 27.9 billion cubic meters which is 2 percent more compared to same period of last year.
For the time being the total water capacity in the dam reservoirs is about 47.4 billion cubic meters. However, Iran's Mehr news agency reported on June 6 that reserves of water behind 46 dams from 152 dams in Iran have dropped under 40 percent of the dam's capacity which is a critical level. Moreover, 37 dams are filled with water at 90 to 100 percent of their capacities, according to the report.
Water reserves in 24 dams stood at 70 to 90 percent of the capacity, meanwhile 27 dams are filled by 50 to 70 percent of their capacity. The reserves of water behind 18 Iranian dams stood at 40 to 50 percent of capacity.
Iran is located in an arid zone and the country has been repeatedly faced with drought in the past 40 years.
The drought of 1992-2002 caused a major blow to agriculture. There were quotas imposed for fresh water in several cities including Tehran.
On May 19, Iranian Energy Minister Hamid Chitchian said the water shortage has turned into a serious problem for the country. He added that renewable water reserves have decreased from 130 billion cubic meters to 120 billion cubic meters.