Iran plans to replenish drying Lake Urmia with water from Georgia and Armenia
12 August, 2015
Iran plans to replenish drying Lake Urmia with water from Georgia and Armenia
Iran plans to save the rapidly drying Lake Urmia with water provided by Georgia and Armenia. As Iranian MP Ali Alilu has told local press, the agreement has already been reached by all involved parties.

According to the agreement, the water will be provided from the Mtkvari River and Lake Sevani by means of three pumping stations located in Iran.

According to an Iranian MP, it is not profitable to use the Caspian Sea’s water since its pollution level is very
high; this will also prove very expensive.

“Lake Urmia’s volume has decreased from 36 billion cubic meters of water to only 2 billion. The Araksi River and other small rivers that feed it are not enough to save it. If the lake remains without attention the way it did under the previous government, five provinces will face a serious ecological and humanitarian catastrophe. Thus, we will either purchase water from both of the countries or barter for it,”- the Iranian MP remarked.

According to him, the volume of water sent to Iran will be from 60 to 80 cubic meters per second.

Restoration of Lake Urmia represents an issue that the world’s environmentalists should be especially concerned about. As photos show, only 12% of the original volume of water is left in the lake now in comparison with 1972. In addition to agricultural loss, salty winds from the lake cause serious respiratory diseases in the population.

Urmia also represents a national symbol for ethnic Azerbaijanis residing in Iran.

Restoration of the lake was among the election promises of the acting Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. As he declared, he is ready to spend five billion dollars per year to solve this problem.
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