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Level of water in Iran’s reservoirs up 12% in Sep-March

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Iran’s Energy Ministry says the amount of water in its reservoirs has reached 28.8 bcm.

The level of water in Iran’s reservoirs has increased by 12% in just more than seven months to early March thanks to better rainfalls and as warmer weather is causing snow to melt into the rivers, according to data by the Iranian Energy Ministry.

The Ministry said in a Saturday statement that water accumulated in reservoirs since the start of the Iranian water year on September 23 had reached 28.8 billion cubic meters (bcm).

The statement said total water intake in dams since the start of the water year had also increased by 18% to 23.26 bcm.

Outflow of water from the dams reached 13.54 bcm in the more than seven months to March 8, a slight increase from 13.18 bcm recorded over the same period last year.

The ministry said Iranian reservoirs were 58% full on March 8.

The data comes amid concerns raised about potential water shortages that could happen in Iran over the upcoming summer months.

The government has repeatedly warned the rising demand for water in Iran’s agriculture sector has affected supplies flowing into the reservoirs.

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