Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) – The Iraqi Ministry of Water Resources spoke, on Saturday evening, about “the reasons for the decline in the levels of the Tigris River in Maysan Governorate,” explaining that “Iraq lost 70% of its water shares due to the policy of neighboring countries,” according to the agency. The official Iraqi news “conscious”.
“The decrease in the levels of the Tigris or Euphrates rivers in any governorate in Iraq is a measure of the ministry,” said ministry spokesman Khaled Shamal, noting that “the water storage has now reached critical stages, and the ministry cannot pump large amounts of water into the rivers.”
Shamal added, “The ministry pumps water releases to provide water for irrigation and secure drinking water,” pointing out that “the water revenues that come to Iraq today represent 30% of its actual entitlement and 70% do not reach,” explaining that “the previous governments did not conclude any agreement binding Turkey.” And Iran is securing Iraq’s water shares, as 70% of Iraq’s water comes from neighboring countries.
He stressed that “the last three years in Iraq were dry years due to the lack of rain, which led to a significant depletion of water reserves.” He talked about the existence of less than 8 billion cubic meters of water since the current Minister of Water took office, but he made it clear that they are preserving that amount, and indicated that between “200-250 cubic meters of water per second reaches Iraq when Turkey releases water from the dams that her daughter,” according to what was reported by “Waa’a.”