Iranian President Hassan Rouhani presided over a ceremony on Thursday to inaugurate the first phase of a major new desalination and water pipeline project capable of desalinating more than 200,000 cubic meters of water per day from the Strait of Hormuz and sending a significant part of it deep into Iran’s interior.
In addition to the pipeline itself, the network’s construction required the building of dozens of tunnels, pumping stations and storage facilities.
Rouhani said the new infrastructure was previously “deemed unimaginable,” but was realised to bring both water and hope to central Iran, giving citizens, farmers and industry a sustainable supply of clean water.