The construction of the project to bring water to Lake Marmara in the western province of Manisa as it dried up in the last two years with the drought and water resources cut has been completed and is ready for implementation, officials have announced.
“The project, which has been completed, will provide water transfer to the lake and save it in the medium and long term,” said Birol Çınar, an official from State Hydraulic Works (DSİ).
“With the project, for which the pre-qualification application was made on June 22, we will bring 25 million cubic meters of water flowing from Bozdağ [a mountain range partly located in Manisa] to Lake Marmara through five regulators,” Çınar said.
He also pointed out that in the first phase of the project, illegal use will be prevented.
“The project, which is at the top of our agenda, will be put out to tender on Aug. 25,” Çınar added.
The main reasons for the drought stemming from climate change are that the temperature is above seasonal normals, causing rapid evaporation, and illegal irrigation, according to Çınar.