İstanbul Water and Sewerage Administration (İSKİ) and Sarajevo Water and Sewerage Works (VIK) signed a new Memorandum of Understanding. İsmail Hakkı Turunç; Deputy Chairman of İstanbul Metropolitan Municipality gave a speech during the signing ceremony. “We go anywhere who needs us from Africa to the Balkans. Bosnia is a very special geography for us. The love between Turkey and Bosnia is higher than the mountains, deeper than the oceans and stronger than the steel. Our honourable Metropolitan Mayor sent you his kindest regards. We hope that our technical and administrative relations will go forward with Bosnia.” İsmail Hakkı Turunç said.

Fatih Turan; General Director of İSKİ started his speech by saying “We feel ourselves at home in Sarajevo.” “We are honoured to be in here and contribute for infrastructure of Bosnia because we fell happy by developing projects for this ancestral land alongside of sentimental value of water services. We wish this bill be a starter and hope that our Bosnia will continue to be a flag-bearer of peace and humanity within unification and pureness of water. Bosnia is entrusted to us as Aliya İzzetbegoviç stated to our honourable President in his last moments.” Fatih Turan said.

Senad Hasanpahic; Minister of Water Affairs in Canton of Sarajevo, Semir Efendic Mayor of Sarajevo Novi Grad and General Director of Sarajevo Water and Sewerage Works Nezir Hadzic who gave a speech in the ceremony, thanked İSKİ for their assistance.

İSKİ will provide technical and administrative consultancy on use of Sarajevo’s water resources more efficiently and also subsidize 500.000 TL in total, consisting of different items such as equipments of pumping station-potable water network and water meters under the Memorandum of Understanding. Despite natural rich resources in Sarajevo, the need for water is still met by 36 water wells and purchasing water from Serbian Federation. The rate of water loss of the city is also at high levels due to the lack of infrastructure. İSKİ will carry out studies to reduce the rate of water loss and prepare solution recommendations in order to put into use of new water resources in parallel with the needs of the city.