The western province of Düzce is experiencing water outages even though it's home to 80 percent of Melen Stream that provides water to Istanbul.
Ankara Mayor Mansur Yavaş said that Istanbul residents received dirty water from the capital for three years under the previous administration from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP). Yavaş said that the AKP municipality had diverted funds from necessary work by spending instead on unwise investments.
Water consumption in Turkey has become under scrutiny as authorities urge people to wash their hands frequently amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic that led to millions of people staying home to prevent the spread of the highly contagious virus. The General Directorate of State Hydraulic Works released a written statement on March 27, saying that "water has become more precious than ever" since consumption has increased since the beginning of the outbreak.