Over 100 dams under construction across Iran, official says
Tehran, Iran, Oct. 6
The chief executive of Iran’s Water Resources Management Company (a subsidiary of the Energy Ministry) said Iran is currently building 109 dams across the country.
“Iran is building 190 dams across the country,” Mohammad Hajrasouliha said on Saturday on the sidelines of the 14th edition of the country’s international water and wastewater exhibition underway in Tehran, IRIB news agency reported.
The exhibition kicked off in the capital on October 3 and will wrap up on October 6.
“52 dams (out 109) have witnessed 50 percent physical progress,” the official added.
Nearly 43 of the dams are being built with the aim of supplying drinkable waters of metropolitan cities, he said.
Noting that Iran is facing a worsening water situation, Hajrasouliha warned, “60 percent of dams’ reservoirs across the country is empty”.
In recent years, Iran has been one of the leading countries in terms of the construction of dams. It is the top country in the region and the third in the world in the sector of dam construction. Iran's success in this field has largely been driven by its arid climate and its growing need for water resources.
Iran is located in one of the most arid regions of the world and its average annual precipitation is 252 millimeters. This figure is just a fourth of the world’s average precipitation.
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