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Abadan Desalination Plant to Become Operational in Feb. – Iran

A desalination plant is expected to be launched in Abadan, Khuzestan Province, in the near future to help address the pressing water problems of the southwestern oil city, said the director of Abadan Water and Wastewater Company.

“The unit, with a capacity of 3,000 cubic meters of potable water per day, will become operational by February,” the Energy Ministry’s news portal also quoted Mohammad Reza Karami-Nejad as saying.

“The facility will help meet water demand in Chavibdeh, a city in Shalahi rural district in Abadan County,” he said.

Thousands protest in dry riverbed in central Iran – Iran

Thousands of Iranians gathered in a dried up riverbed in the central city of Isfahan to protest mismanagement of water resources, state media reported.

Farmers and their supporters carried signs reading “Where is my Zayandeh River?” as they stood on the cracked ground where the Zayandehrood River once flowed, next to the famous Khaju bridge.

The river, the largest river in Iran’s central plateau, has largely disappeared for the past two decades because of drought and diversion of water to industry and farming upstream. 

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Desalination plants providing 600,000m3 of drinkable water to southern Iran – Iran

According to Hamidreza Kashfi, the one-million-cubic-meters target should be achieved under the framework of the country’s Sixth Five-year National Development Plan (2016-2021).

“Currently, the government purchases the water produced in desalination plants through guaranteed purchase deals with the investors, and with the required credit being supplied [by the government], we can supply up to one million cubic meters of drinking water in the southern regions of the country,” Kashfi explained.

The official noted that according to studies conducted in recent years, it is possible to supply drinking water to the southern coastal regions of the country through desalination plants.

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Construction on nuclear plants to be sped up – Iran

Iran is going to ramp-up construction work on two of its new nuclear power projects in Bushehr.

Ali Akbar Salehi, Vice President of Iran and head of Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran (AEOI) said that construction of two new nuclear power plants in Bushehr will be sped up.

The Iranian Central Bank is going to allocate the first installment of the budget in two weeks, he added.

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German researchers involved in seawater desalination project in the Persian Gulf – Middle East

Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) is involved in an international research project launched by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

The aim of the project is to improve water security in the Middle East. Various cross-border research and development projects will be carried out – ranging from the use of innovative water technologies to efficient water sector management approaches.

The Mainz teams, led by Professor Sebastian Seiffert from JGU and Professor Michael Maskos, also from JGU and head of the Fraunhofer Institute for Microengineering and Microsystems IMM, will be participating in the BMBF project and collaborating with three partners from Iran and Iraq.

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Iran’s Biggest Problem Is Water – Iran

Iran is parched. Indeed, this year is expected to be among the driest in the last 50 years. Of the country’s 85 million people, some 28 million people live in water-stressed areas, mostly in the central and southern regions.

Water scarcity is hitting all segments of society, from urban households to rural farming communities.

Iran isn’t alone in its plight. Of the 17 most water-stressed states in the world, 12 are in the Middle East and North Africa, which includes all the littoral states of the Persian Gulf.

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Iran Launches Major Water Transfer Projects – Iran

President Hassan Rouhani opened the five water transfer projects via videoconference on Sunday.

New pipelines supply desalinated water from the southern coasts to desert areas and industrial plants in several provinces, including Hormozgan, Kerman, Yazd, Isfahan, South Khorasan, Khorasan Razavi, and Sistan and Balouchestan.

Carried out by the private sector, the infrastructural projects provide employment for 54,000 people.

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Potable Water for Rural Areas in Markazi Province – Iran

With the completion of 40 rural water supply projects in Markazi Province, water problems in 74 villages with 300,000 people have been resolved, managing director of the provincial Water and Wastewater Company said.

“Out the total 1,113 villages in the province, 854 with a population of about 285,000 are covered by the Water and Wastewater Company.

In short, almost 86% of the villages now have access to potable water, which is higher than the national average (70%),” Yousef Erfaninasab was quoted as saying by the Energy Ministry news portal Paven.

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Northern forests save 3.6bcm of water annually in Iran – Iran

Apart from physical care of natural resources, biological protection of these resources is also on the agenda of the Forests, Rangelands, and Watershed Management Organization (FRWMO), Abbas-Ali Nobakht, deputy head of FRWMO, said on Wednesday.

In this regard, development, rehabilitation, and enrichment operations in more than 232,000 hectares of rangeland, desert and forest lands of the country are underway, he added.

Referring to the northern forests of the country, especially Golestan province, as the reserves of the rarest plant species, Nobakht noted that the importance of these natural resources is so high that some European countries requested to receive seeds of plant species of northern Iran.

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Persian Gulf water transfer project inaugurated – Tehran

These shortages caused many rivers and wetlands in these areas to dry up continuously and consequently, some agricultural plains are not cultivated anymore.

This has created significant problems for the rural population in these regions whose main source of income is farming and it is also threatening the country’s food security.

The agriculture sector is not the only area that is affected by the water problems in the mentioned regions since most of the cities located in the said areas like Isfahan and Yazd are industrial centers and water shortage is severely impacting the production efficiency of the industrial units in the mentioned cities.

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