Seven cities in Iran face water crisis

The CEO of Iran’s Water Resource Management Co., Mohammad Haj Rasouliha, announced the utilization of 50 new dams by March 2017.

While there is just two months left to the end of the fifth five-year development plan, the lack of efficient management of water resources has become one of the most serious problems in the country. This year, Iran has been faced with droughts for the tenth consecutive year. The Government has therefore been searching for a severe solution to the growing problem of illegal use of groundwater.

“Iran’s renewable water sources have shrunk from 130 billion m3 to 116 billion m3, where 86% of it, i.e.100 billion m3, is in use. This figure is considerably high respect to global averages”, said the CEO of Iran’s Water Resource Management Co.

This reduction of renewable water sources has led to a 1.1 centigrade increase in temperature compared to the forty-year average in Iran. The scale of the problem becomes clear because every two degrees increase in temperature causes a 10% reduction in renewable water sources.

The Ministry of Energy has announced that the cities of Kerman, Zahedan, Bandar Abbas, Mashhad, Yazd, Esfahan and Boushehr are faced with a water crisis in the coming year. The Government has set a two week deadline in order to devise a short-term plan to solve the water problem in these provinces.

In fall 2016, the total downpour in the country was 38 millimeters which was 56% less than the previous year and 36% less than the 48 year average.