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The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), and the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran) reported that over the last month, Isfahan farmers have participated in big rallies to protest water rights from the Zayandehrood River that they have now been denied.
One of the reasons for this unfair situation is because companies and organizations have been making profits from this natural resource through the government. The water supply industry has created so many dams that some farmers have reduced access to the water from the Zayandehrood River.
There always used to be water for all from the river, but now in some places, it is totally dry so that farmers are denied much-needed water which is used to irrigate their lands.
State medias reports
Even now the state media has said that the water situation is unreasonable, with at least 86% of the Zayandehrood dam lying empty, with only 14% of this crucial water source still remaining in the central plateau of Isfahan.
As the Tasmin news source reported, “the promise of a constant flow of the Zayandehrood River in Isfahan, as promised by the President in the Eleventh Government, never materialized.”
The river has dried up because of the behavior of the supply industries and the years spent digging deep wells. These industries and wells are often controlled by companies who have an association with the Revolutionary Guards or the government.
The farmers have been saying the following at rallies:
- “Their bread comes from agriculture.”
- “We have planted our crops, but there is no water.”
They were told to plant by many different entities such as the province’s governor, the administrator, and the person who is head of the water organization. “Now we have no water.” Each day the government tries to draw up plans to take even more water and the latest is destroying the water pipes leading to the farmers’ gardens.
On Saturday, February 6th the village of Morche Khort was attacked by government agents on behalf of the water organization, assisted by the police, where they destroyed the farmers’ wells which supplied water to 30,000 to 40,000 trees.
The ISNA wrote an article entitled, “15 cm, the average annual subsidence rate in the Isfahan-Borkhar plain.” The reality is that groundwater studies according to an expert of the Office of Basic Studies of Water Resources of the Isfahan Regional Water Company that ‘’the Zayandehrood River drought, as a source of aquifer nutrition, contributes to the phenomenon of subsidence. The average annual subsidence rate in the Isfahan-Borkhar plain is about 7 up to 15 cm estimated per year.”
ISNA reported that there was a continuous drop in groundwater in 35 plains in the east of Isfahan and Bakhtiari in the mountainous areas west of Isfahan. This water deficiency is due to the dryness of the Zayandehrood River.
Much pressure has been put on the aquifer that is fed by the river. Due to the fact that the drinking water supply to the people is a key priority, by digging wells and extracting the water, there is double the pressure put on the aquifers, which causes subsidence and the continuation of the drying out process. Zayandehrood’s drought, as a source of aquifer nutrition, contributes to subsidence.