ITUNOVA TTO Will Be Pioneer For Clean Water Resources
Nov 07, 2016

Clean water resources are becoming increasingly crucial as the adverse effects of uneven urbanization, industrial and agricultural activities, and tourism become alarmingly visible. Holistic approaches to address the pollution of water resources have concomitantly become more important than ever.

The project entitled “Exploring Endocrine-disruptive Chemicals and Decontamination Technologies” will be jointly carried out by the General Directorate of Water Management, Turkish Ministry of Forestry and Water Affairs, and Istanbul Technical University Technology Transfer Office (ITUNOVA TTO). The project aims to decrease the contamination levels of water resources, minimize the effects of contamination on human health, and protect water ecosystem.

Implemented in accordance with the European Union legislations, the project also aims to contribute to human wellbeing by addressing problems associated with water pollution such as innate deformities in children, cancer, and stunted sexual or neurological development. The project involves detecting and monitoring the chemicals that disrupt the glands and then suggesting threshold levels for recipient media in the light of the discussions at meetings, workshops, and trainings. The two-year project is expected to play a pioneering role in clearing water resources in Turkey off gland-disrupting chemicals and surveying the research technologies on the issue.
Details of the project were announced to the public at a meeting held in Ankara on Thursday, 3 November 2016. Akif Özkaldı, the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Forestry and Water Affairs, and ITU Rector Prof. Mehmet Karaca were present at the meeting.


Prof. Mehmet Karaca: “We have initiated an important project on the protection of the ecosystem and human health.”

ITU Rector Prof. Mehmet Karaca stated that the cooperation between the Ministry and ITU contributes to the mission of protecting the ecosystem and human health. Adding that ITUNOVA TTO is endowed with the required capacity to cooperate with public and private bodies, Karaca indicated that Turkey has achieved a great deal in terms of attaining certain water and air quality standards. “Technoparks in Turkey have exported an amount of 2.4 billion dollars and ITU ARI Technopolis is the first among them with 927 million and 574 thousand dollars. I believe that we will keep progressing through such projects,” said Prof. Karaca.

Özkaldı: “We need to manage water resources efficiently.”

Akif Özkaldı, the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Forestry and Water Affairs, also an ITU graduate, emphasized the significance of the project saying: “We have to manage our water resources as efficiently as possible. Our country is distressed by water issues and we need to manage this crisis efficiently. The Ministry of Forestry and Water Affairs, therefore, adopts both a qualitative and quantitative approach to water management.”

Dr. Cumali Kınacı, who is an ITU graduate, an ITU academic, and the Director of Water Management Department at Ministry of Forestry and Water Affairs, pointed to the fact that water is a limited source and the increasing demand for usable water due to industrialization and rising water consumption. Kinaci added that currently there is a large body of ongoing research towards the preservation of water resources and water quality.