The volume of waters from the Tigris River reaching Iraq has been receding to the extent that several water purification plants in the Province of Missan [Maysan] are running without water.
Mohannad Kadhem, the head of water purification and distribution in the southern province, said the problem started with tributaries belonging to the river feeding smaller towns.
“The water plant for the district of Adel … has stopped working in addition to four more plants in the district of Kahla,” said Kadhem.
“If water levels kept declining, we may see soon the stoppage of all water purification plants and related installations in the province,” Kadhem warned.
The volume of waters reaching Iraq from the twin rivers of Tigris and Euphrates has been falling drastically in the past few years.
But water shortages have never reached the stage where water purification plants had to be shut down.
Both rivers, on whose waters Iraq relies for drinking, industrial purposes and agriculture, originate in Turkey.
But Kadhem blamed the Ministry of Water Resources, saying it had reduced the water share of Missan Province from the Tigris River to the extent that there is not enough water to feed its tributaries.