Low rainfall and poor management – Eurasia Review


Iran’s water crisis worsened last month, due to poor rainfall and the regime’s mismanagement. Water in many villages is supplied by tankers, and many citizens suffer from long periods of water scarcity on hot summer days.

In the western province of Lorestan, the head of the Water and Wastewater Company, Hamidreza Kermond, mentionned there are 120 villages which depend on tankers for their daily water. He added that 1.2 million people out of 1.8 million people face water problems.

“There is no more water left that we can distribute through the water network and pump to the storage tanks,” Kermond said.

According to a report by Human Rights News Agency, a citizen of Isfahan in central Iran, said he had not had water for long periods of time.

“The authorities sent 40 tankers to the city, instead of presenting an effective solution. The sanitation of the distributed water was not clear to us, because we want our women and our children to drink it ”, declared the citizen.

A nomadic affairs official in the northeastern province of North Khorasan said more than 3,000 nomadic families are in dire need of water.

“We need at least 30 billion rials ($ 122,100) to provide a mobile water supply, which has not yet been provided to us,” the official said. He added that many natural water sources such as the water sources in the region have dried up.

In Varzaqan, in northwestern Iran, the governor said 65 villages have water supply problems. He added that many areas do not have clean drinking water.

In Semnan, in northern Iran, Iraj Heydarian, the head of the district’s water company, said there had been a 34% drop in water in the province since last year. Heydarian also said there had been a 46% decrease in precipitation since last year.

According to official statistics, there have been only 112 millimeters of rain this year, while the average rainfall in Iran is generally 192 millimeters. In addition to the water crisis in Iran, the constant blackouts across Iran have only intensified the problems for farmers and livestock owners.

In Ahvaz, in southwestern Iran, hundreds of Iranian Arabs took to the streets July 11 to protest against water shortages. Residents demanded their rights to water and the blocking of dams. They gathered peacefully in front of the governor’s building, calling on authorities to address the water issues. Security forces surrounded residents and arrested many participants in the anti-water protests. Yesterday Ahvaz’s temperatures peaked at 49 ° C / 120 ° F.

In beginning of July, Saravan’s representative in Iran’s parliament said the biggest problem in the southeastern county is lack of water. Saravan MP Malek Fazeli said this problem has always been a concern but has now become deeper and more drastic, due to minimal rainfall.

Fazeli said most of the wells in Saravan County have dried up and the water supply has become a crisis.

Last year In Gheyzaniyeh, a rural district of Ahvaz in southwest Iran, residents clashed with security forces when they blocked roads, demanding running water. Although this district has more than 300 oil wells, it is one of the poorest regions in Khuzestan province. One of the main problems of the inhabitants is the deprivation of drinking water.


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