Some 24% of potable water in Iran wasted
Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 28
By Fatih Karimov - Trend: Some 24 percent of potable water in Iran is wasted.
Iranian Water and Wastewater Company, Hamid Reza Janbaz said 24 percent of potable water in the country is wasted due to old transfer network and irrigation of green spaces, Iran's ISNA news agency reported on Feb. 28.
He added that the Ministry of Energy is planning to renovate one percent of the water transfer network annually.
Iranian Energy Minister Hamid Reza Chitchian has said that the situation of water resources in Iran has passed beyond the critical condition.
"At present, 96 billion cubic meters of the country's total 120 billion cubic meters of renewable water resources are being consumed annually," he said, adding that if 40-60 percent of renewable water resources are consumed in any country, that country is said to be in a critical condition.
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 FAO.
Up to 70 percent of water used in the agriculture sector is being wasted, Iranian officials say.