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Acute Water Shortages in Kerman as Iran Enters Summer Heat

June 27, 2023
1 min read
In an effort to alleviate the problem, at least five out of eight newly drilled wells have been put into operation this year, according to local media
In an effort to alleviate the problem, at least five out of eight newly drilled wells have been put into operation this year, according to local media

Residents of Kerman are facing severe water shortages as temperatures in the southern city are already exceeding 45 degrees Celsius.

Despite efforts to address the issue, including the construction of new wells to provide drinking water to the Kerman residents, areas inside and outside the city have suffered either complete water cutoffs or a significant drop in water pressure in recent days.

While water scarcity has been a recurring problem in Kerman over the past years, the crisis has reached an unprecedented scale.

"Last year, officials promised that the water problem would be resolved by next year, but no concrete actions have been taken thus far. This issue demands immediate attention and follow-up by the governor of Kerman," the head of the Civil and Urban Planning Commission of the Kerman City Council said.

During the peak consumption period, statistics reveal a staggering water shortage of at least 1,200 liters per second. 

In an effort to alleviate the problem, at least five out of eight newly drilled wells have been put into operation this year, according to local media. 

However, following protests in the outskirts of Kerman demanding adequate water supplies, a portion of the water from the new wells has been directed to peripheral areas.

The situation mirrors that in Tehran and many other cities across Iran, where water shortages and protests over the crisis are becoming more commonplace.

Poor water management, drought, and corruption-ridden infrastructure projects have contributed to water scarcity.

The Iranian Meteorological Organization has estimated that 97 percent of the country is experiencing drought to some degree.

Last week, Iran's Migration Observatory revealed that 10,000 families have been forced to migrate from Zabol in Sistan and Baluchistan province over the past year due to harsh climate conditions and water shortages.

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