With an impending drought disaster threatening Türkiye’s most populous metropolis’s water provide all through the autumn and winter, preparations are actually underway to extract water from the depths of dams, mentioned Dursun Yıldız, head of the Water Insurance policies Affiliation.
Yıldız expressed concern, stating: “The European a part of Istanbul has endured an prolonged interval of drought for the reason that earlier yr, and what began as meteorological drought has now developed right into a hydrological disaster. The dams that present water to the European half have depleted considerably as a result of lack of precipitation. In response, measures are being applied to entry the decrease, so-called ‘lifeless quantity,’ of those dams to increase the utilization of our dwindling water reserves.”
Highlighting the potential challenges forward, Yıldız emphasised that the standard of water obtained from these decrease dam areas could pose technical difficulties for purification services. He additionally famous that Istanbul’s water drawback has been aggravated by the failure to fee the Melen Dam, particularly contemplating the town’s 16 million inhabitants.
“The inoperable Melen Dam has disrupted Istanbul’s water provide technique, revealing the inadequacy of our water sources. It is time to think about encouraging reverse migration from Istanbul,” he urged.
Yıldız harassed the urgency of adopting measures for the extra environment friendly utilization of Istanbul’s present water sources, cautioning that even when rainfall happens subsequent month and dam ranges rise, the issue will persist.
“Istanbul depends on three main water assortment and distribution axes. Whereas the Ömerli Reservoir on the Anatolian half at the moment holds enough water, rainfall within the Terkos and Büyükçekmece basins on the European half is essential. Though rainfall within the coming months could present momentary reduction to the Thrace area, it won’t be a long-lasting answer.”
The absence of anticipated rainfall in September is heightening issues about water shortages in Istanbul. Following a interval of intense warmth and restricted precipitation, the water ranges in Istanbul’s dams have plummeted beneath 25%. The Sazlıdere Dam within the Büyükçekme district, a crucial water supply for the European a part of Istanbul, is getting ready to full depletion, with water capability plummeting to as little as 4%.