International Association of Hydrogeologists Australia

Qanats: An old Persian technology in groundwater supply

Monday 15 October, 2012

At the Irish Club, 61 Townshend Rd, Subiaco, Wednesday, 24 October 2012, 5:30pm for 6pm start

Qanats are underground conduits which collect the water from an unconfined aquifer on the slope of a hill and exploit the natural gradient of the land to transport groundwater to the surface. They have been supplying water as one of the main sources of sustainable water for both drinking and agricultural purposes for thousands of years. There are more than 32,000 qanats (more than 250,000 km) some of them still providing water after 2,500 years in Iran now.

Hamid R. Jahani will discuss the use of qanats in water supply, highlighting their history, design and application throughout Iran.

About the speaker

Hamid obtained a Bachelor of Science in Geology at the Mashhad University in Iran and a Masters degree in Hydrogeology at Shiraz University. Until recently, Hamid’s focus has been on groundwater issues relevant to Iran and the broader middle-eastern region. Today, Hamid is a Senior Hydrogeologist at RPS Aquaterra.

Come join us

Hamid will be speaking at the Irish Club on Wednesday, 24 October. Fellowship will commence at 5:30pm and presentation at 6 pm.

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