DSI Built 8 Dams and 8 Ponds in Karaman in the Last 18 Years
The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, the General Directorate of State Hydraulic Works (DSI), continues to store water with the dams and ponds it has built and deliver it to people as drinking and utility water, and to agricultural land as irrigation water. Aiming to make the most of the existing water potential while protecting the water resources of the country, DSI General Directorate is working with all its might to protect citizens and agricultural lands against water damages.
DSI General Manager Kaya Yıldız stated that in the last 18 years, DSI has brought 2 Drinking Water Facilities, 8 Dams, 8 Ponds, 1 Artificial Feeding, 11 Irrigation Facilities, 7 Flood Protection Facilities, and the total investment has reached 6 billion TL. 's evaluations are as follows:
The province of Karaman is below the country average with its annual average rainfall and presence of surface water. It is of great importance for Karaman to store water and use modern systems in irrigation. For this reason, with the 8 dams and 8 ponds we have built in the last 18 years, we have reached the water storage capacity in our city to 4 billion 577 million m3. Our construction of 1 dam and 2 ponds continues. In the planning and project phase, there are 1 dam and 2 more ponds.
A great effort is being made by the DSI General Directorate for the construction and renewal of irrigation facilities in order to deliver water to agricultural lands and to ensure its economical use. With 10 irrigation facilities built in the last 18 years in our Karaman province, 121,730 decares of agricultural land was opened to irrigation. Currently, works are continuing in the construction of 7 irrigation facilities. There are 10 more irrigation facilities during the planning and project phase.
It is aimed to reduce the water pressure caused by drought by the dams, ponds and storage facilities completed and under construction and to save water with the modern irrigation facilities built. With modern irrigation facilities, the irrigation costs of the farmer are reduced, the product efficiency is increased, and food supply security is also guaranteed.
Along with modern irrigation projects, our consolidation works are also continuing in order to obtain higher yields from agricultural lands. In our province of Karaman, 39 thousand 693 hectares of agricultural land were consolidated in 2020. The consolidation works planned to be completed in 2021 are approximately 30 thousand hectares. The parcels are enlarged with consolidation works and the implementation of irrigation methods becomes easier. Each parcel has a road and channel.
However, as in all of our country, potable water investments continue in our province of Karaman. The aim is to ensure that citizens can consume the water flowing from the taps with peace of mind. In this context, İbrala Dam's Drinking Water Treatment Plant with a daily treatment capacity of 82.250 m3 was built and put into service in 2018. With the facility in question, the drinking water problem of Karaman province has been completely solved until the 2050s.
In the province of Karaman, Ermenek Dam, which is the second highest dam in our country, and 9 other hydroelectric power plants (HEPPs) in operation generate 2.49 billion kWh of energy annually and a contribution of approximately 750 million TL to the country's economy at 2021 prices. 2 HEPPs during the construction phase, 6 at the planning and project phase b