Iran's top environmental official says the country follows the worst possible model for consuming water and energy. IRNA reports that Massoumeh Ebtekar said on his trip to Kurdistan: “Our models for the exploitation of natural resources have been wrong all these years. We must base all our plans on capacity and sustainability.”

Ebtekar said national resources have been stretched far beyond capacity, causing widespread destruction.

The Minister of Power has warned that if water consumption does not fall by at least 10 percent, many people across Iran will face water shortages this summer.