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    Lake Sapanca to need extra water in future

    Anatolia News Agency
    23.04.2009 - 00:00 | Son Güncelleme: 22.04.2009 - 17:43

    SAKARYA - Sapanca Lake in the western province of Sakarya can provide 120 million cubic meters of water per year, but after 2015 there might be problems providing enough water from the lake unless necessary measures are taken, according to a professor at Sakarya University.

    Associate Professor İbrahim Yüksel runs a project to provide drinking water and multipurpose water from the lake for the long term. According to the first data Yüksel obtained from his project, which started in 2007, currently there is no problem with providing water from the lake. "In 2010 and afterwards, 110 million cubic meters of water is expected to be drawn from the lake. Currently 105 cubic meters of water is drawn from the lake," Yüksel said, "However, the need for water in 2015 would exceed 120 million cubic meters, which might cause problems in providing water."

    Measures needed
    Currently, the lake has an active volume of 70 million cubic meters of water, which can provide 120 million cubic meters of water per year. However, toward the year 2040, it is estimated that 140 million cubic meters of water will be drawn from the lake, which would require an active volume of 88 million cubic meters, according to Yüksel. To increase the active volume to 88 million cubic meters, some measures are needed, he said. One of the measures Yüksel mentioned is to increase the efficient water altitude of the lake and carry water from nearby rivers.
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