Water plan revealed .hurriyet2008-detailbox-newslink { font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size:13px; font-weight:bold; text-decoration:none; color:#000000;} .hurriyet2008-detailbox-newslink:hover { font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size:13px; font-weight:bold; text-decoration:underline; color:#990000;} İZMİR - After weeks of debates concerning the high amount of arsenic in İzmir’s water, water purification facilities have opened.

İzmir Mayor Aziz Kocaoğlu was present at the opening of the facilities, which were built by the Metropolitan Municipality, with a budget of almost 11 million euros.

Fueled by research over summer that reported there were 45 micrograms of arsenic in every liter of İzmir’s water, well higher than the 10 micrograms maximum, the municipality started the building of the facilities. After four months of building, the facilities have been completed near Göksu-Sarıkız sources, the first stage of more building to come.

"4,600 liters of water will pass through the water purification facilities per second," said Kocaoğlu at the ceremony. "3,000 liters of that will be processed in Göksu-Sarıkız. We will purify 1,000 liters at the facilities to be built in Halkapınar and a further 600 liters in Menemen facilities. So all our waters will be fit for public consumptionour."

Kocaoğlu also said the İzmir Metropolitan Municipality was harshly criticized for the arsenic water case, saying responsibility actually lay with the State Waterworks Authority, or DSİ, "There are other cities fighting arsenic problems, but only we have been criticized in that regard," Kocaoğlu bemoaned.