The European Investment Bank (EIB) has agreed to lend ECU 35 million ($46.6 million) to upgrade the sewage treatment facilities in the southern town of Antalya. The loan, which will be advanced for 20 years, is to be made to the Antalya Water Supply & Sewerage Authority and is part of a wider investment programme to reduce pollution in Antalya.

The project involves the construction of a sewage treatment plant with a capacity of 50,000 cubic metres a day, installation of a 2.5-kilometre sea outfall pipe, and the development of a collection network including gravity mains in the western part of the city, as well as immediate measures in the old city and industrial areas.

The scheme forms part of a ECU 210 million ($280 million) programme supported by the EIB and the World Bank to reduce pollution in Antalya between 1995- 2002. The programme targets wastewater collection and treatment, solid waste management, as well as water supply and coastal zone management. Projects will aim to safeguard drinking water and reduce pollution in the coastal waters around Antalya, which is one of Turkey’s most important tourist destinations.