Water reserves behind Tehran’s dams decrease by 8%
Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 23
By Umid Niayesh - Trend:
The total volume of the water in Iranian Tehran province's five reservoirs dam currently stand at 393 million cubic meters which indicates a decrease of 8 percent compared to the same period of last year, Iran's official IRIB news agency reported Nov. 23.
The dam reservoirs' input during the current crop year (started in September 22) has reached some 77 million cubic meters in total, no changed compared the same period of last year.
Mamlou and latyan dams witnessed the most decease in input volume. The input volume for the mentioned dams stood at 12 million cubic meters, 39 percent less years on year.
For the time being, water reserves of Lar (18 million cubic meters), Mamlou (99 million cubic meters) and Karaj (89 million cubic meters) dams indicate a decrease by 35, 13 and 16 percent respectively compared to the last year.
The Islamic Republic is located in an arid zone and the country faces a serious water shortage crisis. However, many experts believe that the current water shortage problem is a result of water resources mismanagement, rather than the drought.
Iran's total annual water consumption is approximately 93 billion cubic meters, out of which about 92 percent is used in agriculture (86 billion cubic meters), 6.6 percent in municipality (6.18 billion cubic meters), and 1.2 percent in industry (1.12 billion cubic meters), according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
Up to 70 percent of water used in the agriculture sector is being wasted, Iranian officials say.