TEHRAN, Iran, Aug. 19
The governor of Semnan Province, asked the Ministry of Energy to take necessary measures for the guaranteed purchase of drinking water produced after desalination of seawater within Caspian-Semnan Water Transfer Project.
“Semnan province has scarce water resources, and the transfer of the Caspian Sea water to the central desert of Iran will solve the problem,” Alireza Ashnagar said during a meeting during a meeting with CEO of Abfa (National Water & Wastewater Engineering Company) Hamidreza Janbaz on Aug. 18, Trend reports citing IRNA.
Ashnagar noted that the Caspian Sea water transfer project aims to supply fresh water to address the issue of water shortage in the province.
The governor of Semnan added that 50 million cubic meters of the Caspian Sea waters will be used for fresh water supply and 150 million cubic meters for industrial use.
During the meeting, Ashnagar emphasized that the plan has been approved by the country's Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) adding that the Caspian water transfer project needs to be pursued at the national level.
“Its implementation is in the interest of economic development and prosperity of Semnan province,” the governor added.
In his words, development of the mining sector of Semnan province also depends on water supply.
“Due to lack of water resources, minerals are sold unprocessed,” he noted.
The governor of Semnan reminded that the Ministry of Energy is expected to undertake steps to ensure water supply to Shahroud city within the project.