Saving the local river from continuous contamination, reusing treated water and its by-products, all while securing a sustainable future for Mardin and its residents are the humble tasks of our new and innovative wastewater treatment plants
By Mr. Omer Ozkan, plant project director
The City of Mardin lies in the heart of the Mesopotamian plate, which has a history going back more than 12,000 years, more specifically to the Neolithic age. The city has a very interesting architectural style; The houses in the city centre are carved in the mountain sides, and transportation in this part of the city is allowed only by donkey and cart.
For the past 1,500 years, Mardin has nourished residents of Armenian, Kurdish, Jewish, Arabic and Turkish origin. Being a main stop on the Silk Road, an ancient network of trade routes, the city is open to many cultures. It hosts temples and buildings from the Babylon, Persian, Byzantine and Ottoman era, and today serves as an open air museum. Mardin is famous for its silver workmanship and temples, but the use of wastewater management was not prioritised until recently. Before this, the wastewater of the city was simply discharged into the Zergan river. With the help of the European Union led IPA fund (the Instrument for the Pre-Accession Assistance), the Mardin Municipality then invested in our two state-of-the-art wastewater treatment plants for the city.