In normal conditions, though, average water consumption in Tehran is 2.5 times more than the global average. The recent infectious disease has only made a bad situation worse.
Tehran accounts for less than 1.1% of the country’s land area, but accounts for 20% of the population and 45% of the industrial base. This means high and rising water consumption.
According to data from the Energy Ministry, the average Iranian uses 250 litres of water per day, while per capita water consumption in metropolises such as Tehran may exceed 300 litres.
Water consumption has also increased in the northern regions. According to the Mazandaran Province Rural Water and Wastewater Company, water consumption has shot up by 40% in the past few days as people wash their hands several times a day as prevention measure against the contagious virus.
Iran has confirmed 600 cases of infection with the new coronavirus, with 43 reported dead by Saturday noon.
The novel coronavirus, which was first reported in China in December, has caused an outbreak of respiratory illness (COVID-19) in Iran along with 60 other countries so far.
Safety measures against the virus includes cleaning hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds each time.
The total number of people worldwide who have tested positive for the virus has exceeded 86,000 with over 3,000 deaths.
Tehran Province Water and Wastewater Company (Abfa) said in a statement on Saturday that water consumption in the capital has increased dramatically in the past 10 days, and appealed to Tehran residents to avoid waste and unnecessary use to avoid supply cuts.
The ISNA reported that water consumption has skyrocketed due to an increase in regular washing of hands, tools and surroundings following the outbreak of the coronavirus in Iran and 60 other countries.
Furthermore, the Persian New Year (Nowruz) is three weeks away and as per tradition, home cleaning is at its peak. Abfa has requested the people to avoid washing carpets, blankets and windows, and to avoid using water for non-essential needs as much as possible.
Water consumption in Tehran exceeded 3 million cubic metres on Friday, which is unusually high at this time of the year despite the advent of Nowruz.
Increasing consumption in the past few days has led to drops in water pressure in some areas in Tehran and cuts in some surrounding towns and villages.
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