(Persia Digest) - The Director of Iran's Environmental Protection Organization (IEPO) has announced that the water crisis is worse than expected, saying: “We will have no more water in fifty years.”

Isa Kalantari added: “Climate change and reduced precipitation have led to a serious crisis. Statistics for last year show a 25 percent reduction in rainfall to below 200mm cubic meters.

He pointed to the severe water crisis in Iran, reiterating: “Although we are faced with climate change and less precipitation, water usage is increasing every day.”

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He stressed: “I believe that Dr Kardovani has been very optimistic in his assessment of water running out in the next fifty years. We will have to face this much earlier.”

Persia Digest reports that the water crisis in Iran has been evident for some years now, creating social and security difficulties in some cities. Conflict about diverting water from Isfahan to Yazd, or protests about the low quality of water in Abadan and Khorramshahr, southern Iran, are some of the ongoing issues. Iran is situated in an arid area, and estimates show that 97 percent of the country has been impacted by severe drought over the past 120 months ending in July.

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