Recent information from Istanbul Water and Sewerage Administration show that water levels are running seriously low and that dams were only around 38% full.

Normally the seven dams can hold approximately 868 million cubic metres of water, however; at present they are only holding 380 million cubic metres.

Sevinc Asilhan, professor of meteorological engineering at Istanbul Technical University said that “it is clear the city is receiving below-average rainfall annually (and that) if this downward trend holds, we can expect severe droughts in Istanbul and other places across Turkey”.

Surface water accounts for 97 percent of the city’s supply. This supply, in turn, is being challenged by increasingly high demand as Istanbul has seen a huge population increase. The reserves of the city’s water sources have steadily declined in recent years and professor Asilhan has also warned that the city may see planned water cuts within six months.

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