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Providing Clean Drinking Water for Cities in Turkey

Across the world, countries facing rapid, and often unplanned, urbanization deal with a number of challenges that affect their growing populations. The issues range from a lack of access to decent housing and basic services such as sanitation, water, healthcare, electricity and transport. This has adverse impacts on the quality of urban living. It also undermines the efforts of cities to achieve their full economic potential.

The story below is about a Turkish city's attempts to address one specific urban challenge: to provide clean drinking water to its residents.

You can read the full text of this story here.


Submitted by Anonymous on

We still have no viable way of removing the salt from sea water, so we need to watch our consumption of fresh water, for any use (example: watering lawns in Arizona and Nevada is being discouraged in favor of yards with native plants that are drought resistant). Fresh water supplies cannot easily be replenished once they're used up, and we can't farm without fresh water. It sounds to me like we're grossly undervaluing our water supplies by not looking far enough ahead. -water utilities rehabilitated under the World Bank project in Boryspil town, Ukraine.

Submitted by Judith Pryor on
Tunya, thanks for this fascinating video on the challenge of providing clean drinking water. Clean water is essential to urban development and can help growing populations with better food security and sanitation. The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) has supported several projects throughout the world that have helped countries secure access to clean water, including the opening of a desalination facility in Algeria. You can read more about how OPIC is helping increase access to clean water in Algeria here:

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