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Iran's hydropower capacity to reach 5,500 mw before May, 2005

Tehran, Dec 5, IRNA -- The deputy energy minister for water affairs said the country's current hydropower capacity is expected to reach 5,500 megawatts by the time President Khatami leaves office in May 2005, the English-language daily 'Tehran Times' wrote on Sunday.

The daily quoted Reza Ardakanian as saying that the government expects to add an extra 2.5 billion cubic meters of water to its reservoirs by the end of the current year.

Meanwhile, he added, the government is seeking alternative resources to reduce its underground water consumption during the Fourth Five-Year Development Plan.

Iran is considered a relatively dry country and the government has been trying to make up for this by improving its water resource management and encouraging lesser consumption by the public.

The country has just recovered from a devastating seven-year drought period, especially in southern areas.

Despite the huge dams that have been constructed, the government has not been able to solve the phenomenon of how several millennium-year historic sites become flooded when dam reservoirs start filling with water.

Supplies of energy and water are currently being maintained at the cost of depleting ancient regions across the country.

... Payvand News - 12/5/04 ... --

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