Water reserve behind 97 dams in Iran less than half of capacity
Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct.27
By Fatih Karimov - Trend: Water reserve behind 97 dams in Iran has reduced to less than half of capacity.
The Iranian Energy Ministry has said that despite recent precipitation, water reserve behind 97 dams is still less than 40 percent of capacity, Iran's Mehr news agency reported on Oct. 27.
The 97 dams account for 52 percent of the country's total water reserve.
Lar, Maloo, Zayandehrood, Doosti, and Kamal Saleh dams are supplying water to Iran's big cities. Lar and Maloo dams are supplying water to Tehran. Zayandehrood dam is supplying water to Isfahan. Doosti dam is supplying water to Mashhad, and Kamal Saleh dam is supplying water to Arak.
Water shortage has become a serious crisis in the Islamic Republic in recent years.
The total volume of the water in Tehran province's Lar reservoir dam with total capacity over 960 million cubic meters currently stands at 30 million cubic meters, of that amount only 18 million cubic meters can be used.
Lar is one of the five reservoirs that supply the capital city of Tehran with water. About 35 percent of the total water consumed in the capital comes from the Lar reservoir.
The Latian reservoir, another of Tehran 's water reservoirs is completely dried up and the capital's residents are faced with water shortage.
Iran is located in an arid zone and the country has been repeatedly faced with drought in the past 40 years.