MEK: Iran’s Aggravated Water Crisis
Protests in the province of Khuzestan entered their 13th day on Tuesday. The water crisis has reached a critical point making living in Iran, difficult for Iranians.
28 million live in areas with water shortages
“Of Iran’s 85 million people, about 28 million live in areas with water shortages and are under pressure in this regard, primarily in the country’s central and southern regions,” according to a July 14 piece by the state-run Aftab News.
Iran’s water crisis is being blamed on climate change and drought by the Iranian regime and its apologists. The drought, however, is not the real source of Iran’s water crisis; the regime and its disastrous policies are to blame.
The construction of unscientific dams
The construction of unscientific dams by the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) and its front firms are the primary cause of this crisis. These dams are used by the IRGC for military purposes. There were just 30 dams in Iran before the 1979 revolution. However, according to regime authorities, 1330 dams are currently in various stages of construction and implementation.
Despite the fact that Khuzestan province contains major rivers such as the Karun and Karkhe, farmers and others in the region currently face water shortages as a by-product of the regime’s damming of these rivers.
The IRGC nefarious activities
“The regime has constructed massive dams on almost all of the rivers that flow into Khuzestan province, and almost no water reaches the riverbed. As a result of the severe drought in 2021, many of these dams’ levels have decreased, resulting in lower water input. On July 17, the state-run Aftab-e Yazd daily reported.
The IRGC builds dams to transport water from Karun tributaries in order to continue its nefarious activities. According to Mehr News Agency on July 22, moving water from Karun to Iran’s central provinces, such as Yazd and Isfahan, “increases the costs of industrial and agricultural products in central Iran, which is an economic disaster.”
Transfer of Karun’s water began in 1987
This ostensibly planned transfer of Karun’s water began in 1987. The dictatorship began, on July 21, this project to address the drinking water crisis in various Iranian districts, according to the state-run Etemad daily.
However, “the problem we are grappling with, is due to the transfer of 600 million cubic meters of water,” outlet Sari explains. “The consequences of other projects are yet to be seen.”
The number of dams has progressively risen
According to IRNA “After the revolution, dam construction was mistakenly promoted as the country’s only means of obtaining water. Without verification and assessment, the number of dams has progressively risen to the point where we now have 1265 dams in operation, with 128 operational dams and 553 dams in the study phase in 2010. In other words, over the 950-kilometer Karun route, we have constructed or are building a dam every 10 kilometers.”
The IRGC and the regime’s devastating policies
While Iran faces a severe drought in 2021, the underlying cause of the country’s water crisis is the IRGC and the regime’s devastating policies. The water situation is not exclusive to Khuzestan; the Zayandehrud River near Isfahan is also drying up on the basis of these policies.
The regime is to blame for Iran’s water issue, and its actions, such as the uncontrolled construction of dams and the drilling of wells, that are ruining the country’s water resources.