Iran negotiating with other countries to import water

Iran Materials 24 January 2013 09:53 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan. 24 /Trend S.Isayev, T. Jafarov/

Iran has been negotiating with other countries to import water into its provinces, that lack it, Khabar Online reported.

Among those provinces are: North Khorasan, South Khorasan, Khorasan Razavi, Yazd, Kerman, Semnan, Tehran and Qom.

Member of Iranian parliament's Agriculture committee, Ali Iranpour said Iran is considering to import water from Tajikistan, that is looked at as a good source of water for the Islamic Republic.

In May 2012, Iranian Energy Minister Majid Namjou said that Iran considers to import around one billion cubic meters of water from Tajikistan.

He made the remarks on the sidelines of the Iran-Tajikistan 9th Joint Economic Committee meeting, which was held in Tehran.

Iran experiences daily increase of water consumption among population, and the lack of water is felt more and more with each year.

Iran has experienced several droughts in recent years, especially in the south where it gets hit by violent sand storms that engulfed several cities.

Sand storms particularly enter Iran from neighbouring Iraq where desertification has increased over the last two decades due to wars.