Iran faces 53% decline in run-off
Baku, Azerbaijan, Sept. 2
By Fatih Karimov - Trend:
The volume of run-off in Iran has dropped by 53 percent in comparison with the long-term average (last 47 years), the country's energy ministry reported Sept. 2.
"The volume of run-off in Iran stood at 39.368 billion cubic in the fourth Iranian calendar month (July 22 to Aug 21). However this figure indicates a 53 percent decline compared to the 84.662 billion cubic meters of total long-term average volume.
In the same period last year the volume of run-off in Iran constituted 41.326 billion cubic meters.
Iran is located in an arid zone and the country faces a serious water shortage crisis.
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.
Edited by CN