The lack of expected rainfall in ISTANBUL caused the concern that there would be thirst in the summer months. Boğaziçi University Climate Policy Research Center Director Prof. Dr. Levent Kurnaz“If it goes on like this İstanbul‘s going to have a huge water problem. This year, the summer season will be hotter than the previous 3 years. “This is not about the temperature increases we have experienced in the past days, we call it climate change,” he said. İSKİ deputy general manager Bulent Solmaz On the other hand, he said, “We are trying to get through this drought period without any water interruption. In the simulations we make according to the minimum precipitation, we calculate that we will get through the summer period without any problems.”
“THE SUMMER SEASON WILL BE HOTTER THIS YEAR THAN THE 3 YEARS WE PAST”
The average occupancy rate of dams in Istanbul was announced as 35 percent.
Boğaziçi University Climate Policy Research Center Director Prof. Dr. Levent Kurnaz pointed out the danger of drought Kurnaz said, “Istanbul has not received a very serious rainfall in the past 2 months, and it continues to do so. Turkey When we look at the whole, Turkey has almost had one of the driest January months. Ege region, Samsun ve Van There is no place that receives normal precipitation, except in the vicinity. Firstly, Marmara Region Rainfall was less than half of the normal expectation. This points to a very serious drought,” he said. Stating that Istanbul does not have a serious water problem today, Kurnaz said, “If this continues, there may be a decrease in other sources of water supplying Istanbul. Currently, Istanbul does not fill its dams with its own water, nor does it fill these dams with precipitation falling around them. It fills with waters coming from the environment, some comes from Thrace, some comes from Istranca and some comes from Melen. The sum of these is currently filling the dams of Istanbul. There is relatively little water there. This year, there is no need to lose sleep by saying today, tomorrow, but it is a big problem in the long run. If it continues like this, Istanbul will have a huge water problem. This year, the summer season will be hotter than the previous 3 years. “This is not about the temperature increases we have experienced in the past days, we call it climate change,” he said.
WE ARE LIVING THE PERIOD WHERE WE RECEIVE THE LASTEST RAIN IN OUR HISTORY
Bülent Solmaz, Deputy General Manager of İSKİ, said, “When we look at the regular records of the last 20 years, we are experiencing the period where we have received the least precipitation in our history in the 5-month period since October, which we describe as the water period. Despite this, we are currently at 35.5 percent in terms of occupancy. He said.
“THE LOWEST WATER LEVEL DAMS ALİBEYKÖY AND STRRANCALAR”
Stating that Istanbul needs a huge amount of water, Solmaz said, “There is absolutely no water shortage for the Anatolian side at the moment. Alibeyköy Dam, our dam with the lowest water level, is almost zero in Istrancalar as well. Istrancalar and Thrace Region are extremely dry. due to our AsiaWe need to try to transfer more water than we can transfer from . In this way, we will balance the drought in Europe. For the summer period, we need an average of 3 million (cubic meters) of water per day. According to our simulations, according to our projects; We calculate and think that if we transfer enough water from the Asian side to the European side, we will not encounter a water cut or any problem. Here we need to take this as a basis, we can calculate from the beginning of October or the water year to the beginning of the water year. It is very important when these delayed precipitations will fall. A year later, if there is no precipitation in the next January-February, of course, then other problems will arise. At the moment, we calculate that we will get through this summer period without any problems in the simulations we make according to the minimum precipitation.
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