Source: Tehran Times
At a meeting of Iran's High Council for Water on Tuesday, President Hassan Rohani stated that a national plan for the conservation and efficient use of water must be drawn up.
Ekbatan dam in Hamedan, Western Iran (photos by Imam Hami Khan, Mehr News Agency)
The first vice president, the energy, agriculture, industries, and interior ministers, the vice president for planning and strategic affairs, the chairwoman of the Environmental Protection Organization, and some other officials also attended the meeting.
Tap water in the large cities of Mashhad and Isfahan, the quality of water of the Karoun River, and the issue of the Gotvand Dam in Khuzestan Province were some of the issues discussed at the meeting.
Rohani said Iran's water shortage is a historical problem that can only be resolved through "national will".
The president added, "The government of prudence and hope is seriously pursuing the issue of the water problem, and all relevant bodies and officials are obliged to implement the ratifications of the High Council for Water."
He went on to say that all bodies and branches of the government should be involved in the issue of water conservation, parliament must approve pertinent laws, and the Judiciary should also deal with any violations of laws on the use of water.
It is necessary to draw up a plan to save water in the agricultural sector, prevent the excessive use of tap water, protect underground sources of water, and prevent the illegal drilling of water wells, the president stated.
He also said that the agriculture and energy ministries must establish close cooperation to promote the efficient use of water in the agricultural sector.
At the meeting, the High Council for Water also ratified directives calling for the activation and involvement of NGOs in the efforts to conserve water resources and raise public awareness about the efficient use of water.
In addition, Energy Minister Hamid Chitchian presented a report about ways to address the water shortage and to conserve water resources.
He also provided information about the amount of rainfall in Iran over the past two years and the country's flowing waters.
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