30 cubic meters of water enters Urmia lake per second

Isa Kalantari- Secretary and Executive Director of Urmia Lake Restoration National Committee

30 cubic meters of water enters Urmia lake per second

  19 November 2015

 

Isa Kalantari --Secretary and Executive Director of Urmia Lake Restoration National Committee-- said, “Given that a great deal of water had been lost in Simmineh Rud River due to evaporation phenomenon, to solve this problem, Simmineh Rud River and Zarrineh Rud River were connected together”. He added that, finally, the water of those rivers direced into Urmia Lake on 19 November 2015.

Zarrineh Rud River and Simmineh Rud River are adjacent rivers in the Southern of Urmia Lake which approximately comprise 43% and 12% of the long term total surface water inflow into the Lake respectively.

 “Implementing of this project leads transfer of 30 cubic meters water per second into the Lake instead of being evaporated.” he mentioned.

 

 He also stated that the project connecting Aji Chai River to the lake has been finished currently, so, the water of that River would also be transferred to Urmia Lake.

 Aji Chai River is in the East of Urmia Lake and comprises about 8.7% of the long term total surface water inflow into the Lake.

 

 About transfer of water from Zab River to the Lake he expressed, “project is ongoing and the water of Zab River would feed Urmia Lake by 2019.”

 The Zab River originates in Iran and joins the Tigris in the Kurdistan region of Iraq.

 Lake Uremia Restoration Program aims at finding a practical solution to revive the lake and devising promising restoration ideas, including stopping dam construction, managing the  existing reservoirs and regulating the use of the agricultural lands. 

 One of the solutions mostly centers on transferring water from rivers or seas inside the country or across the borders. 

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