Source: Tehran Times
The Iranian Energy Ministry will launch a plan to desalinate water in the Persian Gulf in order to supply water to the southeastern province of Kerman in the near future.
The project will be implemented with the participation of the private sector, Energy Minister Majid Namjou said, according to a report posted on the Energy Ministry's website on Saturday.
"There is no solution to resolve the water [shortage] problems in the country but to implement the plan," he added.
Last April, Iran announced a plan to transfer water from the Caspian Sea to central regions of the country, with the goal of providing central provinces with water for industrial and agricultural usages.
Once the plan comes on stream, some 500 million cubic meters of water will be transferred from the Caspian Sea per annum.
A shortage of rainfall, especially in the central, eastern, and southeastern parts of Iran, has led to a scarcity of drinking and irrigation water.
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