The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry is building underground dams against the drought, which has become more influential in recent years. Of the 2023 facilities planned to be built by 150, 88 have been completed. With the commissioning of all underground dams, 50 million cubic meters of water will be stored.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry is working to ensure that every drop of water, whose strategic importance is increasing day by day, is not wasted with the projects it develops. One of the studies prepared within this framework is the Groundwater Artificial Recharge and Underground Dams Action Plan. In order to contribute to the water reserve in Turkey, which is located in a semi-arid geography, 2023 underground water feeding facilities will be completed by 150 within the scope of the plan. Underground dams are usually built in valley alluviums or coastal aquifers where topography and geology are suitable, creating an impermeable curtain against groundwater flow.
BOTH IRRIGATION AND DRINKING
With underground dams, evaporation losses of surface waters and expropriation costs are minimized and transmitted to groundwater. On this occasion, groundwater is protected in terms of reserve and quality, and clean drinking water is provided.
CAN BE UP TO 246
With the commissioning of the planned 150 facilities, approximately 50 million cubic meters of water will be stored.
It was noted that the number of facilities planned as 150 could increase up to 246. The construction of 88 of these facilities has been completed. 41 of them are in the construction phase, 8 of them are in the tender and 109 are in the planning phase. The geological-geotechnical investigations of 109 facilities, which are in the planning phase, continue. 88 million m32 of groundwater has been fed with 3 facilities whose construction has been completed so far. In this way, 29 decares of agricultural land were irrigated and 940 hm20,76 of drinking water was provided to the public.