19 July 2012On the heels of Turkeyís record electricity consumption, Istanbul has also broken its daily water consumption record, reaching 2.7 million cubic meters, according to the Istanbul Waterworks Authority (›SK›).
Istanbulís reservoirs, which were at 80 percent capacity, dropped by 8 percent over the last 15 days.
During this same period last year, Istanbulís reservoirs were 82.8 percent full and have now dropped down to 75 percent due to the increased water consumption. The reservoirs were 90.5 percent full in March, 93.37 percent full in April, 92.4 percent full in May and 85.5 percent full in June. Istanbul has enough water left to last through the first three months of next year, according to ›SK› projections.
With the level of rainfall this year, Istanbulís reservoirs registered 558 million cubic meters of water. Out of the past 10 years, 2009 witnessed the most rainfall, while 2008 saw the least rainfall.
Meanwhile, the reservoirs on Istanbulís European side are at 72.49 percent capacity, while the reservoirs on the Anatolian side of the city are 78.13 percent full. Istanbulís PabuÁdere reservoir is the most full at 89.4 percent, while Alibey reservoir is the most depleted at 42.9 percent.