EcoLur has conducted surveys in Artashar community in Armavir Region to find out to what extent the residents’ right to water has been adhered to. As Artashar residents think, their right to water has been violated for the following reasons: the water is sufficient for household needs, water of necessary quality and amount is not sufficient for the irrigation of cultivated land areas, the WUC ensuring the irrigation neglects water standards necessary to ensure the vegetation of crops in water distribution process, for many years the sewage of Metsamor and Armavir Towns have been flowing into Akhuryan-Araks aqueduct without cleaning and get mixed with irrigation water thus flowing into the fields of Artashar. According to Artashar Community Head Marat Ohanyan, several years ago National Center for Disease Control and Prevention detected bacilli of cholera in this water. For the purpose of the prevention and control of the intrusion of the infection into the drinking water system, National Center for Disease Control and Prevention carries out sampling each year. Fortunately, cases of biological pollution of drinking water haven’t been recorded. Some residents have drilled out wills in the personal lots or land areas in order not to irrigate with wastewater but they spend extra electricity in order to operate the pumps for water. The respondents mentioned that it has become more difficult to ensure sufficient water amount needed for irrigation as a result of the decrease in the water level in the wells and some community residents have refused from the cultivation of some agricultural land areas while some crops as watermelon and melon don’t grow as a result of the change in the water quality. 90.9% of the respondents think that within the recent 10 years they have incurred loss of income and their right to work and earning own income has been limited. As a reason for the decrease in water horizon, they mentioned ruthless overexploitation of the groundwater reserves of Ararat Valley. Whereas 62.5% of the respondents think that lack of water and drying out of deep wells is conditioned with unlimited and unreasonable use of groundwater for fish farming in Ararat basin. The complete results of the survey are summarized in the “Brief Summary of Findings of Sociological Survey Carried out By Ecolur NGO in Artashar Community, Ararat Region, Within Frames of "Protect Your Right To Water" project.
This publication has been prepared within the frames of “Protect Your Right to Water” project with the support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), whereas the opinions expressed or the content of the publications don’t necessarily represent the official views and opinions of USAID.
16:08 June 26, 2019