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The farmers fight against climate change: Smart water counters

Seferihisar Irrigation Project has been started after the signage of the agreement between Seferihisar Municipality and National Hydraulic Works (NHW) İzmir Region Directorate. The farmers gathered in a meeting to review and choose the smart counters they will use in their fields.

The farmers were also informed about the renovations of irrigation lines of Beyler Dam and installation of filtration systems. The total cost of the project is 6,5 million TL’s with a payback of interest-free credit to NHW in 25 years.

THE PAYBACK OF THE INTEREST-FREE CREDIT IS IN 25 YEARS

Seferhisar Mayor Tunç Soyer stressed the importance of the precautions to be taken against climate change. He stated: “The world is on the verge climate change emerging with droughts and global warming. Seferihisar was also subject to serious droughts in the past, so that the sea run underground into fields for kilometers salting the wells. There were wear and leakage on the five kiometer irrigation lines connecting the Seferihisar Dam and the city center, which caused losses and muddy water blocking the drip irrigation systems. In order to prevent leakage and assure a fair distribution of water, a total renewal of the irrigation system, filtration to main tunnels of the dam and installation of counters to gardens were necessary. I do sincerely thank Hayati Celenk, the Manager of 2nd Directorate of NHW. He was the initiator of the long term payment schedule.”

The farmers chose the ultrasonic smart water counters produced by Baylan company among three other counters introduced to them during the meeting.

The project is an important step in water preservation and planned to be finished during Spring 2016.