Authorities in Iraqi Kurdistan are planning to build 12 dams in the semi-autonomous region in an attempt to save about 20 billion cubic meters of water per year, according to a report from AKnews.
Currently, there are three main dams in the Kurdistan Region, two in Sulaimaniya province, and one in Duhok province, but these save only 30% of the total amount of water that flows from Kurdistan Region.
“Due to lack of big dams, 20 billion cubic meters of water, that’s 70% of Kurdistan Region’s water is wasted and cannot be used in an appropriate way” said Akram Ahmed, Director of Reservoirs and Dams in the region.
“We have been able so far to save only 10% of the water for use in the areas of agriculture, drinking and other areas” he said, “therefore, we have set plans to address this issue of wasting water and that’s by building 12 dams in the various areas of Kurdistan Region”
Among these 12 dams, four will be built in Erbil province, and one each in Sulaimaniyah and Kirkuk.
These dams are currently under construction, while 27 more are in the early stages of design, said Ahmed.
(Photo: Darbandikhan hydroelectric dam, North of Sulaimaniya)