With the recent snowfall in the capital, approximately 20 million cubic meters of water flowed in the dams that provide drinking and utility water to the city in the first 14 days of December. Erdogan Öztürk, General Manager of ASKİ, repeating his call to the people of the capital to use water sparingly, said, “It is not at the desired level yet, but when the snow melts, more water will come to the dams. In this way, we hope that Ankara will not suffer from water shortages next year.”
The drought in the world due to global warming has also shown its effect in the capital Ankara, while the snowfall that has started in the last days has increased the water rate in the dams, albeit a little.
Making investigations at Işık Mountain Pass, one of the basins that provide water flow to 7 of the 3 dams that feed the population of Ankara, ASKİ General Manager Erdoğan Öztürk said that 9,5 million cubic meters of water flowed into the dams in December last year, and that this figure was approximately in the first 20 days of December of this year. He announced that it is 14 million cubic meters.
A CALL FROM ASKİ TO CAPITALS TO USE WATER WITH SAVINGS
Ozturk, who made important evaluations about the water filling table of the dams in the Işık Mountain location, which is on the Çankırı road and forms the summit of the Ankara map with its 2-meter elevation, said that the snowfall in the capital is pleasing, but not at the desired level yet.
Pointing out that the water shortage has increased in recent years due to climate change, Öztürk called on the people of Başkent to use water sparingly once again and said, “We will feel the effects of snowfall on the dams in the spring months. We hope that Ankara will not have a water shortage next year, thanks to the waters that will feed our dams when the snow on the mountains begins to melt,” he said.
Stating that the most important factor feeding the drinking water dams in Ankara is the water currents formed as a result of the melting of the heavy snowfall in hot weather, Öztürk said:
“The most important factor causing the increase in the amount of water in our dams is snowfall. The basins provide water flow to our dams with the melting of the falling snow. Currently, the snow level has reached 3 centimeters for 4-25 days in the Işık Mountain Passage basin, which will provide a significant amount of water flow to our Kurtboğazı, Kavşakkaya and Eğrekkaya Dams in the future. Although these rains made us smile, we hope that the real snowfalls will reach the desired levels with the intensification of the snowfalls in the coming months. Although December is not over yet this year, a current of 14 million cubic meters has occurred. It is pleasing, albeit a little, that 4,5 million cubic meters more water came in compared to last year. We expect this to increase even more in January, February and March, which is the main snowy period.”
LOADING RATE OF DAMS 7,44 PERCENT
The occupancy rate (actively usable volume) of the dams was 21 percent as of December 2021, 7,44, while the amount of water was measured as 308 million 956 thousand cubic meters.
Emphasizing that the total volume of 7 dams (Çamlıdere, Kurtboğazı, Eğrekkaya, Akyar, Çubuk 2, Kavşakkaya and Elmadağ Kargalı Dams) located around Ankara and meeting the water needs of the city according to ASKİ data, is 1 billion 584 million 13 thousand cubic meters, Öztürk said that the number of subscribers is 2 He stated that 483 million 965 thousand 21 cubic meters of water was given to the city on 1 December in Ankara, which is 289 thousand 455 million. While the daily amount of water consumed per capita in the capital has reached 237 liters, the General Directorate of ASKİ continues to explain the amount of water in the dams instantly with digital sensors, in line with the principle of transparency, on its official website.