The city of Istanbul is taking measures to combat the threat of drought by installing free water-saving attachments for high-use customers.
Istanbul in Turkey, is one of the fastest-growing cities in the world. Its population is expected to reach 20 million by the end of 2023, and this population growth, along with the effects of climate change, is putting a strain on the city's water resources.
The water level in Istanbul's dams has dropped to a record low of 35.94%, prompting the need for conservation efforts. In a bid to tackle this issue, the Istanbul Water & Sewage Administration (ISKI) will start distributing tap (faucet) aerator devices to high-consumption customers as a preventive measure.
"At first, our citizens will find it a bit strange because it makes the water flow a little slowly, but when you get used to it, it is extremely useful."
How do tap aerators work?
Tap aerators, also known as flow regulators, are small attachments that control water flow through taps without affecting pressure. They mix water with air, ensuring water conservation without affecting pressure. They help save water by reducing water flow.
Aerators can fit onto the end of the tap or inserted inside the existing spout. Installing tap aerators on older taps can reduce water usage by up to half, particularly in the bathroom and kitchen sinks, where taps are frequently turned on and off.
They can save a significant amount of water. For example, a study by the Water Research Foundation found aerators can reduce water use by up to 40% - potentially saving hundreds of litres of water every year and reducing bills where household metering is in place.
Tap into water-saving
Water shortages are not unique to Istanbul. Many cities around the world are facing water shortages due to climate change, population growth, and inefficient water management. In a bid to tackle this issue, many water utilities offer free or low-cost tap aerators.
Here at Make Water Famous, we recommend people get in touch with their provider to see if they offer free or discounted aerators, and consider having them fitted in your home to help save water, money, and to reduce the amount of water taken from the environment.