Officials warn Turkey faces risk of water shortage despite sufficient rain

Even though Turkey has received a satisfactory amount of rainfall this year, this does not mean that the risk of water shortage has been eliminated, experts have cautioned. According to İstanbul Waterworks Authority, water levels in Istanbul’s reservoirs were at 97.41 percent of capacity on April 11 thanks to a significant amount of rainfall in the new year, but this level fell to 92.9 percent by June 10 because of a decrease in precipitation and the evaporation that occurs due to a rise in temperatures that started in May this year.

The importance of water resources has been significantly increasing in world and Turkish politics. Turkey`s agricultural sector suffered considerably in 2007 and 200 because of drought. To date in 2009, precipitation has been sufficient across most of Turkey for predictions of a good harvest.  

Source: Today’s Zaman

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