The Armenian scientists are proposing an alternative way to store water by preserving the snow in the mountains in the snow reservoirs and to use it as water in low-water seasons. Since 2008 RA NAS Academician, mathematician Ruben Hambardzumyan together with other scientists in the frames of joint Armenian-Swiss ''FREEZ WATER'' project has been carrying out scientific experiments in Aragats, in an area of about 200 sq/meter.
'The significant percentage of water in Armenia comes from mountains. The Aragats is responsible for about 30% of water in Armenia, but the snow melts too quickly. If it's possible to prolong this process, water will be able to use more efficiently,' said Ruben Hambardzumyan on 22 July at the press conference held at EcoLur Press Club, 'as of today, this water just runs to the Aras River. Since 2008 we have been working in this direction, we have already started to accumulate snow and have created snow reservoirs. Now near the bank of Vishap Lake on the slope of Aragats Mountain there is a small experimental snow reservoir. We create the snow reservoir through the carpets produced in Switzerland, we cover snow with these carpets and it starts melting more slowly.'
'Geotextile is a special kind of carpet, which has three main functions – it reflects sun rays thus reducing opportunities to melt, it's quite good heat isolator thus preserving the cold in snow and protects from snow. If it's possible to organize the production of geotextile in Armenia, working places will be opened, which will also serve for the solution to such an important problem in Armenia as the problem of water, number one problem on the globe,' said Arak Hambaryan, the participant to the scientific experiment, Associate Director, Engineering Research Center, American University of Armenia.
'For Sustainable Human Development' Association Chairman, Dr. In Geological Sciences, said this project is a reliable one and she submitted the project to the government.
'It would be desirable to carry out a pilot project, to study the positive influences and hazards, which can be later disseminated beyond our country borders,' Karine Danielyan said and mentioned that Nature Protection Ministry expressed its concerns about the project in regard with harming ecosystems.
20:31 July 22, 2014