EghtesadOnline: The Energy Ministry started 250 power and water projects in this fiscal year (March 2020-2021) with $1.7 billion. So far 122 projects costing $1 billion have been completed, including water transfer from the Persian Gulf, the energy minister said.
EghtesadOnline: Efficient management of demand and developing effective resource management techniques (compared to water transfer projects) would be more practical in addressing water crisis, but in practice have been largely neglected in Iran.
EghtesadOnline: The first phase of water transfer from the Persian Gulf to Kerman and Yazd provinces for industrial use will be completed in the next fiscal year, President Hassan Rouhani said in Kerman on Monday.
EghtesadOnline: Despite the fact that inter-basin transfer of water to far-flung locations has long been seriously challenged in most countries, some policymakers in Iran persist in implementing the costly but hardly successful projects, the deputy agriculture minister for agronomy affairs said.
EghtesadOnline: Diverting water from the Oman Sea to alleviate the water crisis in Sistan-Baluchestan, South Khorasan and Khorasan Razavi provinces is on the agenda, but it should not be the last resort, deputy for water and wastewater affairs at the Energy Ministry said.
EghtesadOnline: The plains around Kerman City, capital of the namesake province, no longer have the capacity for more deep wells to reach groundwater resources, and water transfer is the only way to meet its water needs, the civil coordination affairs deputy of the Kerman governor said.
EghtesadOnline: The proposal to transfer water from the Caspian Sea in the north to the drought-hit central plateau has been approved by the Majlis and the related desalination project is having a pilot run, the energy minister said.
EghtesadOnline: Transferring water from the Caspian Sea in the north to the drought-hit central plateau will have severe negative environmental effects, a former member of the World Water Council said.