Russia may help Iran explore deep underground water resources
Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 22
By Fatih Karimov - Trend:
Russia may help Iran explore deep underground water resources.
Iran's Energy Minister Hamid Chitchian met with Russia's natural resources and environment minister in Tehran and discussed the ways to explore deep underground water resources in Iran, Iran's Tasnim news agency reported on Feb. 22.
"Considering that precipitations have decreased and the country is facing a rise in extracting underground water resources, the Energy Ministry started studying the issues of exploring deep underground water resources," Chitchian said.
To this end, benefiting from the experience of other countries can be helpful, he noted.
Earlier, Chitchian said that the situation of water resources in Iran has passed beyond the critical condition.
"At present, 96 billion cubic meters of the country's total 120 billion cubic meters of renewable water resources are being consumed annually," he said, adding that if 40-60 percent of renewable water resources are consumed in any country, that country is said to be in a critical condition.
However, many experts believe that the current water shortage problem is a result of water resources mismanagement, rather than the drought.