Tehran’s main reservoir almost dried

Tehran’s main reservoir almost dried

Baku, Azerbaijan, Sept. 18

By Umid Niayesh - Trend:

The total volume of the water in Iranian Tehran province's Lar reservoir dam currently stands at 30 million cubic meters, of that amount only 18 million cubic meters can be used, Mohammad Shahriari, an official with Iranian energy ministry announced.

The volume of the water in the dam at the same time last year was about 66 million cubic meters, Shahriari said, Iran's Mehr news agency reported Sept. 18.

Lar is one of the five reservoirs which supply the capital city of Tehran with water, and its total capacity is over 960 million cubic meters. About 35 percent of the total water consumed in the capital comes from the Lar reservoir, according to the report.

The total volume of the water in Tehran's five reservoirs has decreased by 40 percent in comparison with last year, Iran's energy minister, Hamid Chitchian warned in August.

Iranian media outlets quoted Mohammad Parvaresh, the managing director of Tehran Water and Wastewater Company as saying, Aug.18 that Tehran's reservoirs will run out of water in 30 days.

Parvaresh noted that high consumption and a lack of precipitation are leading to a complete loss of water in Tehran's reservoirs, in particular Lar and Latian.

Iran is located in an arid zone and the country has been repeatedly faced with drought in the past 40 years.

The drought of 1992-2002 caused a major blow to agriculture. There were quotas imposed for fresh water in several cities including Tehran.

Hamidreza Janbaz, an Advisor to Iranian energy minister, said that currently 517 cities are struggling with water shortage across the country.

"A drought has been observed in the country for nearly 13 years," Janbaz added.

Earlier Chitchian said water shortage has turned into a serious problem for the country.

Edited by CN

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