Caspian Water Transfer Not Feasible
There is no consensus on transferring water from the Caspian Sea to the central plateau, said Masoumeh Ebtekar, head of Department of Environment (DoE).
Unfortunately water consumption in Tehran is more than twice of the standard consumption pattern. Also in the agricultural sector a large amount of water is being wasted, she said.
Due to the increasing population growth in Tehran such a plan is not feasible, so the problem will not be solved just by transferring water from one place to another, she asserted.
Also a Majlis agricultural commission member, Hedayatollah Mirmoradzahi says with proper water resources management, "we don’t need to transfer water from the Caspian Sea to the central plateau."
Through water harvesting techniques, underground resources will improve and natural water cycle and precipitation in the country will return to its normal situation. Judicious water management can have a great impact on the country's climate, he said.
Rain water harvesting, efficient water use, increasing irrigation efficiency, recycling wastewater, separating potable water from wastewater, dam construction across country's border rivers and implementation of watershed plans are among measures that can be taken to help conserve water, he said quoted by ISNA.
"If we don't succeed in these measures then we should be prepared to transfer water from Caspian Sea or Persian Gulf to central plateau; of course the Persian Gulf route to central plateau is closer than Caspian Sea, and transferring water from there would cost less," Mirmoradzahi maintained.