Iran Water Report 2015
BMI View: Iran is continuing to extract increasing amounts of water each year. This is largely due topopulation growth, however, drought concerns and water scarcity make this consumption rateunsustainable, in our opinion. One of the largest consumers of water is the agricultural sector, where veryheavily water-dependent crops continue to be grown. The government has recently announced it will beputting limits on this usage and has also changed its stance from very strongly promoting the building ofdams to supporting the development of a better wastewater network. The reuse of wastewater, especially inindustry and agriculture, could go a long way in aiding the water shortage.
We view the Iranian water sector as one of the least appealing with regards to potential opportunities forprivate sector groups looking to become involved in services, rather than infrastructure, as Iran's watersector is fully owned and run by the government - including maintenance of the infrastructure and legalregulation, as well as the setting of tariffs. We do not expect to see any moves towards privatisation atpresent.
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