The Iraqi-Kurdistan city of Sulaymaniah has begun mandating the installation of meters that will record the use of water consumption in an effort to reduce waste. The director of water resources for the city, Sarbast Osman, reported that, “On Sunday, we will start installing water meters to record water consumption of households in Sulaymaniah. The citizens will be fined if they do not install the device even they consume no water,” during a press conference held this week. If city residents fail to install the meters in their homes, they will be fined roughly $80 and the fee will increase should they neglect installation further.

Presently Iraq and Kurdistan have both found themselves in water crises that are increasing in severity by the month. Much of the fresh water that flows into the country’s reservoirs comes from rivers that pass through Iran and Turkey. Both neighboring countries have constructed dams and have begun stemming the flow of fresh water. They fear of their reservoirs running dry has become a major concern for the newly elected parliamentary government.

Iran began its restriction of the fresh water flow into Kurdistan in June this year via the Little Zab River. Residents who live along the river throughout the various villages say they do not have enough drinking water and must supplement through commercial means. The dam is located in the city of Sardasht which has a predominantly Kurdish-Iranian populace.

Director Osman continued saying that,