Dams Built in Geographically Wrong Places

Reservoirs tend to create a false notion of abundance in places where water availability and populations are a mismatch
Dams Built in Geographically Wrong Places
Dams Built in Geographically Wrong Places

Some dams in Iran have not been constructed in the right place, head of the Water Affairs Faculty at Shahid Chamran University in Ahvaz, Khuzestan Province said.
“Although dams like Karkheh on the Karkheh River in northwest Khuzestan have massive reservoirs, they are mostly empty and this shows that building such a huge structure on the strategic waterway was a wrong decision,” Mahdi Qomshi was quoted as saying by ILNA.
Elaborating on Karkheh Dam, he noted that despite the enormous reservoir with storage capacity of 7 billion cubic meters, water stored in it in the past 15 years never surpassed 2.5 bcm.
The dam’s location was not decided as per critical technical regulations and accurate planning. The outcome is that most of the time it is empty.


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