Amidst government denials, the governor of Tehran admitted the country is "confronting a significant challenge in the water sector".
Alireza Fakhari warned that the government "must openly acknowledge the crisis, pointing out the dwindling rainfall which has led to a depletion of crucial water reserves stored behind dams.
Iran is currently grappling with one of its most severe droughts in over half a century, marking the fourth consecutive year of significant water scarcity. The situation has prompted criticism of the Iranian government's environmental management.
Fakhari underscored the urgent need to address the issue, stating, "While some suggest utilizing Tehran's wells for water supply, it's vital to recognize that water stress is a nationwide concern."
Reports indicate that a quarter of Iran's farmers have lost their livelihoods in the past seven years, predominantly due to water scarcity. The repercussions of the drought extend beyond economic impacts, with soil erosion, desertification, and dust storms affecting nearly half of Iran's population, as reported by the country's health ministry.
Expressing concern over the concealment of water shortages, Fakhari criticized the practice and asserted, "It's imperative for people to understand the reality of our water scarcity. It's the responsibility of all officials to communicate this issue accurately and transparently."