The World Bank, November 2016
Turkey has rich experience in managing water supply and sanitation services. The country has made significant progress towards complying with European Union (EU) water-related directives. This report provides a summary of the status of the sector. It shows to what extent service levels in Turkey compare to those in EU member states and non-EU countries in the Danube River basin.
The report argues that additional work should be done to further develop service provision. It presents potential ways to ensure that the efficiency of new investments and the performance of existing infrastructure to allow delivering on the objective. A high-level workshop, organized in October 2016, showcased that best practices already exist in Turkey and presented feedback based on international experiences in this regard were also presented.
The best practices focused on managing non-revenue water, the reuse of treated wastewater, sludge treatment optimisation, and new models of public-private partnerships. The authors believe these examples are worth scaling up or replicating in Turkey to help cope with increasing pressures on natural resources.