Gold flowing in Dikili’s water .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;} DİKİLİ, İzmir - Residents in Dikili must have been born on a lucky day, even their water has gold in it. There is nearly 5 milligrams of gold per one liter of geothermal water in the Dikili district of İzmir, the mayor of the town has declared.

Speaking to the Anatolia news agency, the Dikili Mayor Osman Özgüven said that the water taken from the geothermal wells have gold in it.

Özgüven said that the İzmir High Technology Institute conducted some analysis on the mineral values in the water, and found there was 4.9 milligrams of gold per one liter. Özgüven gave examples of water from similar areas in Japan and the United States of America, adding that they experienced around 3 milligrams. The Mayor was happy that the area discovered its gold reserves.

"There will not be gold mining processes like cyanide, our soil will not be polluted, and our children will not be poisoned," said Özgüven. "We will extract the gold with natural and clean methods."

Özgüven added they needed to learn the methods that the USA and Japan used. "We learned some techniques on how could be extracted from water," he explained. "They do it with salty water or with moss. We will benefit from their experience."

He said this would be a huge boost to the state’s economy.

"We aim to prevent private companies from exploiting this," Özgüven said. "The state will win, not the private companies."