In Turkey, water resources development starts by undertaken the studies in continious and sistematical manner after the establishment of the General Directorate of Public Works “Umur-u Nafia Müdüriyet-i Umumiyesi” in 1914. Irrigation, reclamation, flood control, navigation, water storage and distribution take an important place among the duties of this General Directorate.
After the foundation of Turkish Republic, Waters Directorate and Bursa Adana Ankara Edirne and Izmir Water Regional Directorates were established under the General Directorate of Public Works in 1925. Unfortunately water resources projects couldn’t gain acceleration properly due to insufficient monetary allocations and less water observations in hand. On occasion of severe drought prevailed in 1929 led to establishment of Waters General Directorate.
The Water Works General Directorate was established in 1939 After this date the importance of water issues was understood well and pre-feasibility, planning, gauging and water level recording studies of water resources were achieved
Finally, General Directorate of State Hydraulic Works was established in 1954 by means of the law no. 6200 which defines the responsibilities of the agency with supplementary budget under the Ministry of Public Works
DSİ IS A PRIMARY EXECUTIVE AGENCY RESPONSIBLE FOR ELIMINATION OF ADVERSE EFFECTS OF TURKEY’S SURFACE AND GROUND WATER AND PUTTING THEM IN PUBLIC UTULIZATION IN VARIOUS WAYS SUCH AS HYDROPOWER, IRRIGATION, DOMESTIC AND INDUSTRIAL USE
1914: General Directorate of Public Works
1925: Waters Directorate
1929: Waters General Directorate
1939: Water Works General Directorate
1953: General Directorate of State Hydraulic Works