Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on the residents of the republic to save water due to the shortage of water resources due to the drought. He stated this in a televised address on January 11.
The head of state noted that the country is now going through one of the driest periods. According to him, some reservoirs have completely exhausted themselves, so it is necessary to take measures against the threat of drought, the Turkish channel NTV reports.
Erdogan noted that the country has “significant potential” in terms of saving drinking water, and with conscious consumption, about 50% can be saved.
Earlier, the Turkish leader said that the past year was one of the driest for the country, Turkish Milli Gazete reported. He drew attention to the need for efficient and economical management of water resources.
According to him, due to the threat of the spread of coronavirus in the country there was a significant increase in water use. He stressed that the authorities have provided serious financial investments in providing the population with water resources.
According to the Worldometer portal, 10,220 new cases of COVID-19 were recorded in Turkey, their total number exceeded 2,336 million during the pandemic.
In addition, on January 1, at least 15 cases of the disease with the new COVID-19 strain, which had previously been detected in the UK, were recorded in the country.