Iran inaugurates key inter-basin water transfer project

Iran Materials 8 September 2012 17:57 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, Sep.8/ Trend F.Milad/

The largest water transfer tunnel in Iran, carrying water from Dez River in the southwest to Qomroud River in the center, was officially inaugurated on Saturday.

The 36-kilometer-long tunnel is considered to be the biggest of its kind in the Middle East, ISNA news agency reported.

The project, which is estimated to cost 11 trillion rials (some $900 million), is aimed to transfer 181 million cubic meters of water per year with the goal of supplying potable water to central parts of the country.

Inter-basin transfer is referred to man-made conveyance schemes which move water from one river basin where it is available, to another basin where water is less available or could be utilized better for human development. The purpose of such designed schemes can be to alleviate water shortages in the receiving basin, to generate electricity, or both.