Total Lack of Drinking Water Threatens Iran

24.02.2015

Fourteen Iranian cities are threatened by serious water shortages in the near future. In total more than five hundred settlements of this Middle Eastern country are already suffering of thirst. The reason is the steady decline in rainfall in the last quarter of the century and constant population growth and, as a consequence, water consumption. The biggest problems with water supply are observed in the Iranian capital, Tehran, which consumes up to a quarter of all the water in the country.

Total Lack of Drinking Water Threatens Iran

The main source of water supply in Tehran are two reservoirs, Lar and Talegan, which have almost dried up in recent years. While the problem of supplying the Iranian capital is being solved by the underground sources, water sources have limited amount of water. However, the Iranians can squeeze, local authorities are confident. Now the average water consumption in the country is 325 liters per person a day. For comparison, in the EU, the figure is 250 liters, and in St. Petersburg - about 180. Therefore, the authorities see a way out of the water crisis in the promotion of respect for the water, construction of new water treatment facilities, as well as to import water from neighboring states - for example, Tajikistan.