4 June 2021
The opening of the ‘Advanced Biological Treatment Plant’, which is vital for Lake Van, the world’s second largest soda lake and Turkey’s largest lake, will be held on June 5, World Environment Day, with the participation of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan via teleconference. The facility will be able to purify 200 thousand cubic meters of water per day in the seriously polluted lake.
The inauguration of the “Advanced Biological Treatment Plant,” which will save Lake Van from pollution, will be held on June 5, World Environment Day, with the participation of President Erdoğan via teleconference.
Before the opening, the bottom cleaning works in the lake were started by the metropolitan and district municipalities.
The facility, which will treat the wastewater that has been poured into the lake for years, has a budget of 180 million TL. With the commissioning of the ‘Advanced Biological Treatment Plant’, the construction of which was started 3 years ago, Lake Van will be saved from the pollution caused by wastewater for years.
Van Governor and Deputy Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Bilmez stated that Lake Van remains a historical heritage and they are working to pass it on to new generations.
Governor Bilmez used the following statements: “Van Lake is getting seriously polluted. The first of these pollutants is the central wastewater of Van. Only 20 percent of approximately 105 thousand cubic meters of water per day was treated. The rest was given directly to the lake. This is Van Beach in particular. It caused serious pollution in the lake, such as
“As a result of the tender in the project made 3 years ago, our facility was finished and put into use in 2 years as a result of the tender. The facility’s 200 thousand cubic meters of water per day has the capacity to purify our current water. If there is a great need in the future, it can reach an additional based point that can increase the capacity to 300 thousand cubic meters. A facility that can meet the needs of Van for the next year.This facility was tendered and built by our metropolitan municipality with the long-term loan provided by Iller Bank.The opening of our facility, which was visited by the wife of our President, Lady Emine Erdoğan, was held on June 5, World Environment Day. The President will hold it by teleconference. I hope Lake Van will not be polluted from now on.”
Explaining that there is serious bottom mud on the shores of Lake Van, Governor Bilmez said: “There is a situation where people cannot walk because of the smell between the town of Tusba and YYU. We conveyed this to the esteemed spouses of our President, First Lady Emine Erdogan, and the Minister of Environment and Urbanization. Let them be, they gave 10 million grant support from the ministry to our municipality”
Bilmez said, “We will start cleaning it with a contribution of 10 million from the municipality. Symbolically, this was started at the arrival of your esteemed minister, but our next job was to clean the bottom mud in the lake. This was not enough either. There were around 300 barns by the beach in our city center. We removed all of them. Our goal is to bring Van Lake and the people of Van together,” he said.
“Edremit, İpekyolu, Tusba and our metropolitan municipality have great works in this direction,” said Bilir, “We have road works on the beach from Edremit district to the university. I hope this is an area where the people of Van can take a walk by the lake and do sports activities such as football, tennis and basketball. “Our request from our esteemed minister was that Lake Van be taken under protection with a holistic administration. They gave their instructions for protection,” he said.
Finally, Bilmez said, “This was a good development for us. Our facility cost 180 million. After cleaning the bottom of the lake, our facility will now contribute to the cleaning of Lake Van.”