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Tehran in need of new water resources

TEHRAN, Iran, October 31, 1999 (IRNA) -- Due to increased population and subsequently in water consumption in Tehran, the city will be in need of new water resources during the third five-year development plan (2000-2005), managing director of the water and sewage treatment organization of Tehran province said here Sunday.

Mohsen Nariman told IRNA that the new resources will help provide the needed water for drinking and agricultural purposes. Due to increased numbers of subscribers and improvements in the health level, currently, the water resources of tehran province is only sufficient for providing potable water, he added.

Laar, Latian and Karaj dams as well as underground water resources are providing the water needed by the Tehrani subscribers, Nariman said.

According to latest surveys and statistics released by Iran's statistics center, if the trend of immigration to Tehran and its nearby townships continues, attention should be paid to new projects to transfer water to the capital during the third plan, he reiterated.

Since the underground water resources in the province are not so rich, the only possible way for providing potable water as well as water for agricultural purposes, in the long term, is transfer of water to Tehran and creating new water resources, he said adding that such projects are under way in a number of provincial capitals including Tabriz, Rasht and Yazd.

While Tehran province houses 20 percent of the total population, it enjoys only two percent of the country's water resources, Nariman noted.

He further said that the two Latian and Karaj dams, currently, can provide some 80 million cubic meter of water while the water consumption in the city of Tehran stands at 75 million cubic meter each month.

Some 563,649,548 cubic meter of water have been consumed in Tehran since march 20, showing a fall of 1.5 percent as compared to the corresponding period last year, he concluded.