Currently the water intake from Ararat Valley makes up 1.6 billion m3, out of which 800 million m3 is directed to fish breeding, 581 million m3 is directed to irrigation, 190 million m3 is for household purposes and 29 million is for industrial purposes. The amount of renewable groundwater reserves in Ararat Valley makes up 1.1 billion m3, while the main of the taken measures shall be decrease with proper mechanisms the water intake of annually 1.6 billlion m3 to 1.1 billion m3. A new structure of resource fees shall be developed in order to make the businesses use the water resources more effectively, as Nature Protection Miister Artsvik Minasyan said at the kick-off meeting of the interdepartmental meeting established for effective management of water resources and regulation of groundwater use. Minister Artsvik Minasyan attached much importance to the definition of loss normatives in the water system.
In the frames of The Advanced Science & Partnerships for Integrated Resource Development (ASPIRED) Project implemented for the USAID Mission in Armenia a study was conducted, the outcomes of which show that 2807 wells were recorded in 2016, as well as 14 natural springs, 235 fish farms. A number of non-operating wells have also been detected, and some of them had leaks observed.
Chief Advisor to RA Prime Minister G. Martirosyan attached much importance to the scientifically substantiated estimates, based on which it will be possible to define those limitations of water intake, which will enable to make the horizons of groundwater in Ararat Valley to the previous level in 5-10 years. According to the speaker, the aim of this initiative is not to harm fish farming, but establishing parallel opportunities to be able to deal with agriculture, which will be handed to up coming generations and not allowing salination of these land areas. The mapping of those areas is considered to be primary, which will be beneficial for the fish farming and won't harm nature, as Information and Public Relations Department of RA Nature Protection Ministry informs.
14:25 January 26, 2017