The Iraqi government says it will dig 1000 wells every year to address the drought that has depleted much of Iraq’s water resources.
Director of planning at the Ministry of Water, Ali Hashim, said it has completed 500 wells throughout the Iraqi provinces.
“The ministry intends to make more effort to exploit groundwater for human and agricultural needs,” he said.
The ministry announced that Iraqi water levels stand at 60% of the level required for self-sufficiency after the rain that fell in April.
Iraq accuses Turkey and Syria of being responsible for the drop in the water level of the Euphrates and the Tigris rivers, arguing that they are draining the rivers before they flow into Iraq.