Utilizing water from 300 fields of the 500 fields across the country containing water resources is now banned, according to the deputy head of Iran’s office for the Protection and Use of Water Resources.

ISNA repots that Jahangir Habibi said the decision comes after the overt use of underground waters from these fields.

The decline in precipitation in recent years has triggered a high level of water extraction from underground sources both for agriculture and drinking water.

Habibi reported that in the past 30 years, the use of underground water resources has increased fivefold.

After a string dry years, Iran is facing the rapid drying of many of its lakes and wetlands, making the water crisis one of the administration’s top priorities.