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Iranian city creates water police to combat wastefulness

TEHRAN, May 20 (AFP) -With Iran parched by a drought, authorities in the northeastern city of Gorgan have decided to create a "water police" to monitor consumption and prevent waste of the precious liquid.

Gorgan, a city of 200,000 people and the capital of Golestan province, "will face a serious crisis this summer because of the shortage of drinking water," water service director Mohsen Kord said, according to the Tehran press.

The national capital, Tehran, is also in danger of an acute water shortage following an especially dry winter that has left reserves 50 percent below last year's supply, the official IRNA news agency reported March 1. In early January, thousands of Iranians in the holy city of Qom prayed for rain, the official IRNA news agency said.


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