Water “evaporates” in Iran… a crisis called “water bankruptcy”

Water for the dams of Tehran and Ahwaz fell by 30 percent and 64 percent respectively, and Iranian media reported that the water situation in the capital “exceeded the warning level”, noting that the country is suffering from water scarcity.

According to the Water and Sanitation Company, more than 76 percent of water consumption in Tehran comes from renewable water sources that are “decreasing every day.”

“It is not possible to supply agricultural water downstream of the dams,” said the director-general of the Office of Water and Electricity Utilities of Tehran’s regional water company, Mohammad Shahriari, to state television.

These warnings have been accompanied by safety concerns, as the lack of water was one of the causes of the widespread protests that hit the country last summer.

Iran is experiencing a high level of drought, to the extent that some densely populated plains and parts of the central plateau, and even parts of the capital, have experienced demographic changes due to mass migrations.

In Ahvas, Khuzestan Water and Electricity Authority director Abbas Sadrianfar told ISNA news agency: “We have experienced drought for the second year in a row. 64 percent of the usable volume of reservoirs in Khuzestan’s dams is empty. .”

With regard to the water supply for summer crops, he explains: “The amount of available and planned water resources for the summer is limited compared to normal conditions.”

According to statements by Association for Environmental Risks and Sustainable Development member Hamid Reza Mahbubfar to Mizan Agency, there are 5,000 villages without water sources and 7,000 villages supplied by tankers.

water bankruptcy

And Iranian journalist specializing in water, Nick Ahang Kawthar, told Sky News Arabia that Iran is facing a major crisis under the government’s mismanagement of water resources.

He mentioned, for example, that the depletion of groundwater has led to a sharp decline in reserves, and the dams are not in a good condition due to low rainfall, and if water consumption is not reduced, some dams will not be able to water.

Nick Aheng continues: “Water scarcity can lead to protests, problems for farmers, increasing unemployment and poverty, and increasing migration from rural to urban areas.

The Iranian journalist warns of social conflict and a state of war: “The continuation of the water tensions could start with limited civilian protests and, with increasing suffering, lead to internal conflicts and cross-border wars.”

crises with neighbors

Foreign policy is another key to the crisis, as Ahang believes Iran will “have difficulties managing its water resources until it fails to establish rational relations with its neighbours,” citing the example of his crises in the Helmand River with Afghanistan, the Little Zab and Sirwan flowing into Iraq, and Aras in Turkey.

A water crisis looms between Iran and Turkey when Iranian Foreign Minister Amir Abdollahian expressed his dismay before the Shura Council over Turkey’s construction of dams on the rivers between the two countries.

He also criticized the Taliban government, saying: “We are not satisfied with its policy regarding the Helmand River”, releasing some of the waters from the Kamal Khan dam in Afghanistan, a “small part” of her waters has reached Iran.

In Iraq, the government announced the preparation of a case to file a lawsuit against Iran, where Iraqi Water Resources Minister Mahdi Rashid Al-Hamdani accused Iran of completely cutting off water from his country.

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