YEREVAN, March 18. / ARKA /. Some 16 deep wells will be connected to the closed water recycling system in the Ararat Valley during this year for the purpose of conservation and efficient use of the region’s water resources, territorial administration minister Armen Gevorgyan said today.
Speaking at the presentation of final findings of a USAID-supported assessment study of groundwater resources of the Ararat Valley and recommendations to stakeholders he said to date about 100 such wells have been connected to the closed water recycling system.
According to him, the authorities will continue taking stock of wells used for irrigation.
"The Armenian government is working on introduction of new technologies for monitoring and management of water resources. I think that within a year we will be able to introduce a system of automatic control of water resources ", he said.
USAID Mission Director to Armenia, Karen Hilliard, said the organization is ready to support the government of Armenia in enacting corresponding legislative reforms.
Under a recent Armenian government decision, all fish farms are given 18 months to shift to semi-closed water recycling system, whereby some 70% of the water will be used several times to contribute to its more efficient use and reduce the costs.
However, the transition to the new system suggests introduction of expensive new technology, the price of which, depending on the size of farms, may range from 700,000 to 1.5 million euros. -0-