Alborz Province Has a Water Problem

Industrial towns in the province are tapping into the dwindling underground water tables, as a result of which aquifer levels drop 90 centimeters a year
Alborz Province Has a Water Problem Alborz Province Has a Water Problem

Mass emigration, low precipitation and illegal water withdrawal from depleting underground water resources have contributed dangerously to water shortages in Alborz Province, head of the provincial water company said.
“Not long ago (1990s) underground water was available at the depth of 15 meters. Now wells have to be dug at least 300 meters to reach water,” Davoud Najafian was quoted as saying IRNA.
The pattern of relocation to the province (population 3 million and counting) from many dry regions has dramatically increased water demand. 
It also has created new challenges for utilities and urban managers struggling to handle the influx.
An estimated 941 million cubic meters of water is consumed here annually, of which 60 mcm is provided by rivers and the balance comes from underground resources and wells.


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