Analysis by PMOI/MEK
Iran, July 10, 2018 - At the beginning of summer, the people of Khorramshahr poured into the streets and protested to the shortage and saltiness of drinking water. They were also faced with their water being mixed with sewage. Following the protests, which lasted for several days, the Iranian regime tried to pretend that it was adopting measures to solve the water problem of Abadan and Khorramshahr and claimed that it is supplying the cities with water.
But the water crisis of Khorramshahr and Abadan and the province of Khuzestan has two distinct characteristics that prevent any temporary measure from fixing it:
- The water problem of Khuzestan province is not for the past year or two—it has been more than 30 years that the IRGC and other governmental institutions have been stealing the province’s water.
- The water crisis is not constrained to Khuzestan. Other areas of the country are suffering from similar problems and are protesting against the regime’s mishandling of the situation.
Farmers in Isfahan demonstrate shortage of water
A nationwide problem
At the beginning of the year, the farmers of Isfahan engaged in a very large protest to the lack of access to agricultural water sources. The protests lasted for more than two months. Meanwhile, we’ve seen other protests against drinking and irrigation water in different cities of the country.
In several regions in the Khorasan and Yazd provinces, several villages don’t have access to drinking or hygiene water. In Sistan Baluchistan, four thousand villages are faced with water shortage. The same problem exists in Boushehr, Kermanshah and other provinces of the country.
This is a reality that the regime’s own media have confessed to.
In April, Reza Ardakanian, Rouhani’s energy minister said, “334 cities with a total of 35 million population are exposed to water problems.” On a separate occasion, Ardakanian said, “According to our examinations, 165 cities with a collective 10.5 million population are in the yellow status, 62 cities accounting for 6.8 million population are in the orange status and 107 cities, 17.2 million population, are in the red status. These 334 cities will be faced with water shortage soon.”
Under the mullahs’ rule, Iran’s agriculture has seen no progress
The biggest consumption of water in Iran goes to agriculture. But under the mullahs’ rule, Iran’s agriculture has seen no progress in the recent decades. Had there been any progress in this sector, a lot of Iran’s water problems would have diminished.
The regime is directing the water of Zayanderud to industrial units, whose nature and purpose is unknown. These industrial units belong to the Revolutionary Guards and the army and are usually located in restricted and protected areas.
The regime has bored several tunnels to redirect the path of Zayanderud under the pretext of projects to provide water to Yazd, Kerman, and Qom. But in reality, the water is being used for its nuclear sites.
The regime is using the water for its nuclear sites
Another problem is that the regime is selling the country’s drinking water supplies to neighboring countries, including Iraq and Kuwait. Meanwhile, the people of Iran are suffering from lack of access to drinking water.
The solution to Iran’s water problem
The situation has become unbearable for the people of Iran, and they have come to the conclusion that they can’t depend on regime authorities and institutions to fix the situation. That’s why they’ve been protesting across the country to the endemic corruption plaguing the regime, which, among others, has resulted in Iran’s water shortage problems. We’ve seen instances of these protests in different cities, and others are on the brink of similar protests.
Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli, Rouhani’s interior minister, described the country’s society as a powder keg that is waiting for a spark.
Therefore, while this regime stands, the looting of the people’s and the country’s wealth and resources will continue. The killing and repression will continue. The root of the country’s environmental problems is the regime itself, and only when the regime is overthrown can any serious plan to fix the country’s water problem be implemented.