Agriculture and Forestry Minister Bekir Pakdemirli on Tuesday rejected reports about water supplies reaching critical levels in dams across Turkey.
On Monday, Turkish media outlets had reported that the water in dams was at critical levels following a surge in water consumption as citizens looking to stay safe during the coronavirus pandemic paid much more attention to hygiene.
Dismissing the reports, Pakdemirli said no water shortages were expected for the foreseeable future.
“As of today, there are 575 million cubic meters of water in dams providing water to Istanbul. Even without any rainfall, that level of water will last seven months,” minister said, adding that the capital Ankara had enough water to last for 10 months as well.
The minister said the water in dams was at similar levels across all provinces in Turkey.
While some experts advised citizens to pay utmost importance to hygiene to avoid contracting the new coronavirus, others urged people to use reasonable amounts of water and avoid wasting it.
“The common suggestions such as frequently washing hands or washing clothes as soon as you come home from outside can lead to increased water consumption. While we need to pay attention to our personal hygiene during a global pandemic, we also need to be conservative in our water usage,” said Deniz Ataç, the chairman of TEMA, the country’s leading environmental nongovernmental organization.
Voicing remarks similar to Ataç's, Pakdemirli also called on citizens to avoid using excessive amounts of water.
“While conservation could take a back seat in times of pandemic, it doesn’t mean we should waste water unnecessarily. Turkey is not a water-rich country. Our water reserves are limited and we should use the water with such awareness,” Pakdemirli said.
Please click to read our informative text prepared pursuant to the Law on the Protection of Personal Data No. 6698 and to get information about the cookies used on our website in accordance with the relevant legislation.
6698 sayılı Kişisel Verilerin Korunması Kanunu uyarınca hazırlanmış aydınlatma metnimizi okumak ve sitemizde ilgili mevzuata uygun olarak kullanılan çerezlerle ilgili bilgi almak için lütfen tıklayınız.