Qom, Nov 6, IRNA - Energy Minister Parviz Fattah said here on Thursday that the ninth government has approved construction of 177 dams nationwide to control running waters.
Speaking at a ceremony to launch the project to supply water to Qom, he further said that the ratifications were made during president's provincial visits.
The government has allocated funds for construction of 28 dams and studies to undertake 19 other ones have been conducted and they will soon receive budget, he noted.
Referring to the significance of water in the country, he said until 2005, national budget for water sector stood at 1,400 billion rials while it has reached 3,500 billion rials since the incumbent government took office.
Describing speedy implementation of the project to supply water to Qom as one of the honors of the ninth government, Fattah further said that Qom people as well as the cities on the network will benefit the project.
"Given the ninth government's attention to the industry sector, we are trying to earmark a large portion of water to the industrialists so that industrial development in the city will also be materialized," the minister said.
He added that with the implementation of the project drinkable water will be fairly shared out among the cities of Golpaygan, Delijan, Saveh, Khomein, Nimvar and Qom.
Currently, 92 percent of the country's water is used in agriculture sector, six percent for drinking, 1.5 percent for industrial purposes and half a percent for other fields, Fattah said.
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