September 25, 2017
On September 25, 2017, the completion ceremony of "Reyhanlı sewage treatment plant" constructed by ODA loan "Municipal Sewerage and Wastewater Treatment Improvement Project" was held in Reyhanlı, Hatay Province bordering Syria.
In Turkey, due to steady economic growth and rapid urbanization in recent years, the demand for public infrastructure in local governments has been rapidly increasing. Since the municipal governments were reorganized in 2014, Hatay Water and Sewerage Administration General Directorate (HATSU), which has been responsible for the whole of Hatay Province, strives to meet the needs of water supply and sewage that are increasing rapidly not only in urban areas but also in rural areas.
Also, since the Syrian civil war continued from 2011, Turkey has accepted many Syrian refugees. The number of Syrian refugees is estimated at about 3.2 million people in Turkey (according to the announcement of the Turkish government, as of October 2017), of which about 500,000 are living in Hatay province. It means that one in four people in Hatay province is a Syrian refugee. For this reason local governments that accept many Syrian refugees lead to a decline in service levels such as water supply, sewerage and waste disposal, and are forced to implement the infrastructure development plan ahead of schedule.
This project aims to promote the dissemination of sewerage at local governments through the two-step loan through the Iller bank, which is a public institution that provides financing to local governments in Turkey, thereby contributing to the improvement of the living environment of residents.
The Reyhanlı sewage treatment plant has processing capacity of 8,800 cubic meters / day; sewage which had not been processed so far is treated to suitable water quality and released to the river.
Mehmet Çaparali HATSU General Director commented, "Before the construction of the Reyhanlı sewage treatment plant, the sewage in Reyhanlı area was released to the Afrin River, causing pollution and foul odor of the river. The Reyhanlı sewage treatment will contribute to prevent environmental pollution.
Reyhanlı Sewerage Treatment Plant
The completion ceremony of Reyhanlı Sewerage Treatment Plant