Ankara lurches into another water crisis

The hospitalisation of 10,000 people has renewed concerns over potable water quality in Turkey. An untimely revelation from Ankara’s mayor has not helped matters.

The proportion of the Turkish population with access to improved drinking water stands at more than 90%. According to figures announced in May 2008, 82% of the population can currently reach potable water after it has been treated in one of the 139 plants under the control of municipal authorities.

The recent outbreak of diarrhoea in the country’s major cities has, however, aroused...

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