Reasons for Iran’s drinking water shortage in the East Azerbaijan Province

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Drinking water and electricity shortage in Iran’s East Azerbaijan Province has reached a critical level, the province’s Governor Esmail Jabbarzadeh said, IRNA news agency reported on June 29.

Water is being delivered to population in several cities in Iranian provinces of Gilan, Hormuzgan, and Kerman in accordance with the schedule.

Previously, Managing Director of Iranian National Water and Wastewater Engineering Company, Hamid Reza Janbaz said there is a drinking water shortage in 517 Iranian cities and this problem has reached a critical level.

He said the water deficit is due to an uneven population growth, increase in the number of residential areas, the disparity of water resources development plans and other reasons.

Iran is located in the arid zone, and for the past 40 years the country has repeatedly faced drought.