“Reducing water consumption in the agricultural sector, a priority of the Ministry of Energy”

TEHRAN – Iranian Energy Minister Ali Akbar Mehrabian has said reducing consumption in the agricultural sector is his ministry’s priority in water management, IRIB reported on Tuesday.

Speaking at a meeting of the country’s Supreme Water Council, Mehrabian said, “10% savings in the domestic sector will save 500-600 million cubic meters of water per year, while that this figure in the agricultural sector will be 1.5 billion cubic meters. “

Emphasizing that the agricultural sector is the biggest water consumer in the country, accounting for 90 percent of the total water consumption, he said: the most important programs for the management of the water resources of the country.

Noting that drinking water supply is also a priority for the Energy Ministry, Mehrabian said: very important since the reduction in consumption will consequently reduce the stress on water resources.

The official pointed out that 14 resolutions were on the agenda of the Supreme Water Council meeting and said: a 37% decrease in rainfall compared to the average of the last 50 years.

He noted that according to forecasts by the Iranian Meteorological Organization, this fall the amount of precipitation will be 20 to 30 percent less than normal, adding: “We are trying to provide the necessary water by managing the consumption and the request”.

According to the World Meteorological Organization’s multi-year forecast, over the next five years, Iran’s average rainfall will decrease by 75 percent and the temperature will rise by 50 to 75 percent from the long-term average.

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Lana T. Arthur