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Iran stops flow of second river into Kurdistan

By Rudaw 6/7/2017
Khanaqin's iconic bridge over the Alwand River. Photo: Rezgar Khanaqini
Khanaqin's iconic bridge over the Alwand River. Photo: Rezgar Khanaqini
KHANAQIN, Kurdistan Region – Iran has fully stopped the flow of Alwand river, which crosses the border into the Kurdistan Region near the southern city of Khanaqin. 
 
Ahmed Wasan, director of the Khanaqin’s Alwand dam, told Rudaw, “Every year between June 1 and October 1 since 2003, the Islamic Republic of Iran restricts the flow of a large quantity of the Alwand because it needs the water.”

He said this water stoppage is “not political.”

Iran does not cut the water flow in winter when there are heavy rains, Wasan explained. 

Alwand dam has the capacity to store 37 million cubic meters of water. “Now it holds 30 million cubic meters of water,” Wasan said. “It will last until the end of the year.”

The area relies on the dam for water for drinking and irrigation. There are some 145 farms and five fish projects dependent on the water. 

Wasan warned that if the river’s water is not released next year, Alwand dam will be dry in the summer months, “because to fill the dam 100 percent depends on Alwand’s water,” which comes from Iran. 

Near Alwand dam, a second dam is being built. “Now we are building Qamishanin dam near Alwand dam. All of the technical work has been completed, but the Iraqi government stopped it due to financial problems,” Wasan said.
 
Earlier this week, Iranian officials said they would restore the waters of the Zei Bchuk, or Little Zab River, after cutting it in June. The Kurdistan Region sought to put pressure on Iran by reducing water flow into Iraq, with Kurdish officials saying they had to prioritize providing water for their own people. 

Comments

 
Dler | 7/7/2017
Iran terrorizing the local population due to the upcoming referendum, not a big deal because here in Kurdistan we can manage the rest of the summer without the Iranian flow, obviously there will be no water going to central and southern Iraq, that means they're F-ed :)
hick | 7/7/2017
the shia's in the south will soon find out what the ayatollahs in Iran really think of theme when they have no water to drink or grow their crops with.
Hejar | 7/7/2017
I hope they can all figure this out because water is in all probability the one issue in the long run that will create the greatest instability. What everyone involved on this issue and many other issues need to remember that there is a way to all coexist without resorting to fighting.
Zain | 7/7/2017
I don't want to discourage kurds in Iraq or neighboring Countries. But the fact is that without a complete diplomatic support from outside world including all security council members, and complete military support from USA and ISRAEL, any attempt to create a independent kurdish country is near to impossible to be peaceful. As It requires to be accepted by all parties, that are Iraq, Turkey, Iran, and Syria. I believe that the USA is halfhartedly going to support you like the way they supported UKRAINE against Russia ; but Turkey and Iran will give a crushing response to this. It will not take much time to upscale the low intensity border war right now going on between turks and Syrian kurds to become anot all out war against kurds led by Turkey with the Iranian support.
Jon | 7/7/2017
No doubt that the Ayatollahs are incompetent and act in a brainless manner. However, the issue of water between neighboring countries can only be solved among them peacefully. Water management and managing scarce resources such as water is critical in the greater Middle East. Unfortunately due to the interference of outside powers, these problem have not been tackled appropriately and always pushed under the rug.

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