Tehran, Iran, Sept. 13
Iranian Deputy Energy Minister Hamidreza Janbaz said the country’s biggest water desalination plant will be launched in the near future.
Iran’s biggest water desalination plant with a capacity of treating 20,000 cubic meters of saltwater daily will come on stream soon in Bandar Abbas, southern country, Janbaz said, Mehr news agency reported on September 13.
The plant was expected to become operational sooner but it was delayed due to financial problems, he added.
“So far, 142 cooperation documents have been signed between the energy ministry and the private sector regarding water and wastewater management,” the deputy minister said.
He added that the projects will be implemented with domestic and foreign finances (nearly 290,000 billion rials) attracted for them.
The number of water desalination plants active across the country stands at 78 with a capacity of treating 415,000 cubic meters of saltwater daily, according to reports.
According to experts and reports, 16 Iranian provinces covering nearly 60 percent of the population are on the verge of water tension and addressing the ever-growing issue of water shortage should be fundamentally dealt with by the end of the Sixth Five-Year Economic Development Plan (2017-22) before reaching a point of no return.