Iran holding talks on exporting water to Qatar, Kuwait
Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 27
By Khalid Kazimov - Trend:
Former Iranian deputy minister of energy Esmail Mahsouli said that Iran has held talks with Kuwait and Qatar on exporting water to these countries.
Speaking in an interview, Mahsouli answered in the negative a question regarding bottled water imports under water shortage.
"I do not think that we will import bottled water, since there are good opportunities in the country where we can even increase the volume of bottled water produced," he stated, ISNA news agency reported on Feb. 27.
Numerous companies are ready to take action in producing bottled water, he said, stressing that the private sector is interested in bottled water production.
The drinking water problem in different cities of Iran reached the crisis level last July.
The Iranian government was then seeking new resources and intended to realize a number of projects for irrigation and for the population's water consumption, and thus to solve the water shortage problem.
The proposed projects on transporting water from the Caspian Sea and the Gulf of Oman to the country's central part can be seen as an example of this.
Iran is located in an arid zone, and over the past 40 years there have been periods of drought in the country. The drought of 1992-2002 caused great damage to agriculture, and some cities, including Tehran, started using drinking water quotas.
Edited by CN