Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 21
By Umid Niayesh - Trend:
The water reserves of dam reservoirs in Iran's capital city reached a critical level and stood at 23 percent of total capacity, Mehr news agency reported on Dec. 21.
Volume of the water in 5 dam reservoirs of Tehran has increased by 232 million cubic meters during current crop year (started in September 22, 2013), compared to the same period of last year, the report said.
Currently total water volume in Tehran's dam reservoirs has reached 426 million cubic meters, which indicates a decrease by 35 percent compared to the same period of last year.
The dam reservoirs' input during current crop year has reached some 146 million cubic meters, which indicates a 22 percent decrease compared to same period of last year.
On October 14, Iranian PANA news agency quoted the Managing Director of Tehran Water and Wastewater Company Mohammad Parvaresh as saying that Iran's capital city faces a 40 million cubic meter water shortage.
Parvaresh said on July 21 that Tehran province's water consumption 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. The country is located in the arid zone and over the past 40 years has repeatedly faced drought.
The drought of 1992-2002 caused considerable damage to agriculture. Quotas for fresh water were applied in some cities including Tehran.