Istanbul’s Water from Melen River, think again?

Istanbul is one of the highly populated cites of the world. And, it has been facing water scarcity since the past decade. Water transfer from nearby Melen Watershed was considered as the most feasible option to supply water to Istanbul due to its high water potential and relatively less degraded water quality. Erturk et al. (from Istanbul Technical University) published a water quality assessment report in the Journal of Environmental Management. Their study found that Melen River has relatively poor water quality, and it is considered unsuitable for drinking purposes. doi:10.1016/j.jenvman.2010.02.021

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