Dams Are Filling but Saving Is a Must

07.03.2022

Raif Mermutlu, General Director of İSKİ, said “We do not foresee a water shortage in a short time; however, we must change our water use habits in any circumstances.”

The filling rates of dams in Istanbul have increased significantly with the snowfall and rainfall in recent weeks. Water levels, which were around 50% before the rainfalls, exceeded 80%. While the amount of water supplied to Istanbul on February 23, 2022 was 2 million 739 thousand cubic meters, the filling rate of drinking water resources was 80.61% as of February 24, 2022.

We anticipate that the filling rates will increase as the rainy season continues. Despite this, global climate change and drought necessitate the efficient use of water, regardless of the filling rates in our dams.

RAIF MERMUTLU: WE MUST MAKE SAVING WATER A LIFESTYLE

Stating that they carry out the management of water thoroughly in Istanbul, Raif Mermutlu said, “In order to provide drinking water to Istanbul continuously, we manage 23 thousand kilometers of infrastructure in a large area. We are taking all measures urgently not to leave Istanbul without water, and we are taking the necessary actions in line with the future needs of the city."

WE TAKE THE NECESSARY MEASURES NOT TO LEAVE ISTANBUL WITHOUT WATER

Mermutlu said, “We continue our works to protect the water of Istanbul, to provide new water resources and protect our dams and reservoirs. We are working to reduce the non-revenue water rate in drinking water. We are currently working on a new pump system that will increase the capacity of the Melen System by 735 thousand cubic meters per day."

WATER SAVING IS A MUST

Emphasizing that Istanbulites also need to use water carefully, Mermutlu said, “We are doing the necessary work, but it is of great importance for Istanbulites to use water sparingly. Today, the dam filling rate pleases us. However, global climate change and the drought require us to use water carefully, just like the rest of the world. I would like to say to the people of Istanbul that we do not expect a water shortage in a short time, but no matter how much water is in our dams, we must change our water usage habits and make saving water a lifestyle.”

10 SUGGESTIONS FOR WATER-SAVING FROM İSKİ

  1. Shortening the shower-bath time,
  2. In hot water use, storing the running water until the water heats up,
  3. Washing the dishes in the dishwasher without running water,
  4. Not keeping the tap open while brushing teeth or shaving,
  5. Repair of dripping faucets and leaking toilet tanks,
  6. Washing vegetables and fruits in a bowl of water instead of running water,
  7. Turning on the washing machines and dishwashers after they are fully loaded,
  8. Turning down the faucet valves under the sinks,
  9. Preferring toilet tanks that consume less water,
  10. Washing vehicles with water filled in a bucket instead of running water.