Tehran, Iran, May 17
By Mehdi Sepahvand - Trend:
Iran's renewable water resources will go below 80 billion cubic meters in five years, said Isa Keshavarz, secretary general of the Farmers House of Iran.
While the renewable water resources have dropped from 132 billion to 88 billion cubic meters in thirty years, Iran's production, research and administrative master plans still lie on the old statistics, he warned, Fars news agency reported May 17.
He also expressed worry that the country's fresh water resources have diminished from 200 to 60 billion cubic meters.
Iran is situated in an arid area. In the past two decades scanty rainfalls have contributed to water crisis in the country.
Also, unsystematic use of water has damaged the reserves greatly. The traditional, undeveloped agriculture alone is responsible for 86 percent of the country's water consumption.