Iran carrying Persian Gulf water to central country

Business Materials 8 January 2016 20:55 (UTC +04:00)

Tehran, Iran, January 8

By Mehdi Sepahvand -- Trend:

A project is underway to carry water from the Persian Gulf to central Iran, Deputy Minister of Energy Rahim Meydani said.

The first phase of the project is underway and funded by a private investor, he said, Mehr news agency reported January 8.

The first phase starts from Bandar Abbas and will carry 20 million cubic meters of water, according to the official.

Pointing out that distance and sweetening processes will add hugely to the value of the water, he said the water so reached central Iran will be sold at 120 thousand rials ($3.98) a cubic meter.

Iran is situated in an arid area. The country is facing severe drought due to years of scanty rainfall. Unbridled use of ground and underground waters by the industrial and agricultural sectors have turned the situation critical.