Water supply company warns about water shortage in Iran’s capital
Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct. 23 / Trend, N. Umid
Tehran's Water and Wastewater Company has released a statement and warned about water shortage in Iran's capital city, Mehr news agency reported.
According to the statement, Tehran's average rainfall during the last crop year (ended on September 22) has decreased by 32 percent compared to the preceding crop year.
Total water volume in Tehran's dam reservoirs has also decreased by 50 percent during the period, compared to the last year.
The company has urged the citizens to decrease their daily water consumption at least by 20 percent to prevent water interruptions during next days.
On October 14, Iranian PANA news agency quoted the Managing Director of Tehran Water and Wastewater Company Mohammad Parvaresh as saying Iran's capital city faces a 40 million cubic meter water shortage.
Parvaresh said on July 21 that Tehran province's water consumption has increased by 11 percent in summer compared to previous year.
According to the reports, Tehran experienced water interruptions for a few hours in some areas in late July.
Water shortages have always been a pressing problem in Iran due to its arid and semi-arid climate, and droughts. As international sanctions clamp down on the country, this issue has gained increased importance.
Iran has experienced several droughts in recent years, especially in the south where it gets hit by violent sand storms that engulfed multiple cities.