Author: Vedat ARSLAN, Güler GÖÇMEZ
Publishing Date: 2007
Volume 22 Issue 1-2
Tuz lake basin with wide surface feeding area (18000 km2) is a sub basin of Konya closed basin. The investigated area, which is a good example of unconscious and excessive usage of groundwater, is located about 10 km south of Tuz Lake, and 40 km southwest of the city of Aksaray. While there was a lake area with countless springs in subsidence of Eşmekaya Sultanhani 15 years ago, the area became an arid and dried land including only bog plant at the bottom due to excessive and unconscious water pulling from drilling wells whose numbers are continuously increasing every day. Decrease in water level of the Tuz lake basin, in where water of Konya basin is also collected finally, shows that problem would be serious in margins of the Konya basin, and, if some measures are not taken , similar problems could be come across in whole Konya closed basin.
In this study, static water level that observed each year was measured; decrease in water level and their reasons were determined by using drilling wells of the investigated area. Besides, dominant flow direction and dip in the ground water level were determined. Hydrogeological characteristics of the geological units and physic-chemical characteristics of the water in the area were also determined by too many water analyses.
Key Words: Unconsciounsly using of water; water quality; Tuz Lake basin; Ground water