West Asia

Iran’s Biggest Problem Is Water – Iran

Iran is parched. Indeed, this year is expected to be among the driest in the last 50 years. Of the country’s 85 million people, some 28 million people live in water-stressed areas, mostly in the central and southern regions.

Water scarcity is hitting all segments of society, from urban households to rural farming communities.

Iran isn’t alone in its plight. Of the 17 most water-stressed states in the world, 12 are in the Middle East and North Africa, which includes all the littoral states of the Persian Gulf.

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Why Jordan faces a critical water crisis – Jordan

Jordanians are being warned to expect critical water shortages this summer largely due to a poor rainy season, which only reached 60 per cent of the average annual rainfall.

The Ministry of Water and Irrigation has talked about water rationing plans that would limit the amount of water pumped to households at five cubic meters weekly.

Jordan ranks fifth in the world as a water stressed country where the average share per individual is less than 1 per cent of the global average at 100 cubic meters annually while it reaches 1300 cubic meters annually in neighbouring countries.

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Potable Water for Rural Areas in Markazi Province – Iran

With the completion of 40 rural water supply projects in Markazi Province, water problems in 74 villages with 300,000 people have been resolved, managing director of the provincial Water and Wastewater Company said.

“Out the total 1,113 villages in the province, 854 with a population of about 285,000 are covered by the Water and Wastewater Company.

In short, almost 86% of the villages now have access to potable water, which is higher than the national average (70%),” Yousef Erfaninasab was quoted as saying by the Energy Ministry news portal Paven.

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Northern forests save 3.6bcm of water annually in Iran – Iran

Apart from physical care of natural resources, biological protection of these resources is also on the agenda of the Forests, Rangelands, and Watershed Management Organization (FRWMO), Abbas-Ali Nobakht, deputy head of FRWMO, said on Wednesday.

In this regard, development, rehabilitation, and enrichment operations in more than 232,000 hectares of rangeland, desert and forest lands of the country are underway, he added.

Referring to the northern forests of the country, especially Golestan province, as the reserves of the rarest plant species, Nobakht noted that the importance of these natural resources is so high that some European countries requested to receive seeds of plant species of northern Iran.

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PM Modi to lay foundation stone of many projects including desalination plant of 100 MLD capacity in Gujarat – India

In a visit to Dhordo in Kutch on 15 December 2020, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone of several development projects in the state of Gujarat.

These development projects include a desalination plant, a fully automated milk processing and packing plant as well as a hybrid renewable energy park.

According to a press release issued by the Prime Minister’s Office, with the upcoming Desalination Plant at Mandvi in Kutch, the state of Gujarat is taking a major step towards transforming seawater to potable drinking water.

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Iran Plans to Transfer Persian Gulf Water to Inland Deserts – Iran

In remarks at a cabinet session on Wednesday, President Hassan Rouhani said this is the first of such projects to supply desalinated water to desert areas.

“Tomorrow, we are inaugurating a project which will be a little different from the projects that became operational in the past week.

Our country has developed a new technology to desalinate water for regions that are more frequently affected by drought, including areas in and around deserts,” he said.

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Desalination Still in Its Infancy – Iran

Desalinated water accounts for a meager 0.1% of the total annual water consumption in Iran while in some neighboring countries like Saudi Arabia it is 70%.

Iran’s annual water consumption is about 99 billion cubic meters, of which less than 100 million cubic meters (per annum) is produced via 60 desalination plants in the coastal regions, namely Khuzestan, Hormozgan and Bushehr, ILNA reported.

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