Astghadzor Community Uses Water from Wells Drilled Previously for Uranium Mine Field Investigations

Astghadzor Community Uses Water from Wells Drilled Previously for Uranium Mine Field Investigations

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Astghadzor Community residents, Gegharkounik Region, used the water from the wells drilled previously for the uranium mine field investigations, as Astghadzor community Aramayis Asatryan is beating an alarm signal to EcoLur.

Under him, it's already one year since the river water flowing across their village has been changed from their spring to neighbouring Zolaqar Community. The spring water located in Astghadzor has also been transferred to Zolaqar leaving Astghadzor without water. ‘In the 1950-60’s 34 wells were drilled in our area in the search of uranium. I can show you the areas marked with special red. Now around 15 out of these wells are open, and we use their water both for irrigation and drinking,’ Aramayis Asatryan said. Astghadzor residents have applied to different governmental bodies on this problem: ‘Water samples have been taken from the wells for examination and we were told everything was ok,’ Aramayis Asatryan said. The residents claimed, despite water examination results, their rights to water has been violated, as their clean spring waters have been taken from Astghadzor to Zolaqar without any discussions and taking residents’ opinions into consideration. Astghadzor residents claim to have a portion of clean and safe water directed to Zolaqar.

17:00 September 07, 2017


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