YEREVAN, January 14. / ARKA /. The amount of water pumped out from Armenia’s largest lake of Sevan for irrigation and other purposes may be increased only in case of strong need, Adibek Ghazarian, head of an office in charge of implementation of irrigation and related programs of the State Committee of Water Resources said today.
"The ceiling of 170 million cubic meters of water, set by the government is not an end in itself,’ he said.
adding that in some years only 120 million cubic meters of water had been pumped out a year.
He said the State Committee of Water Resources was considering now the possibility of increasing the amount up to 240 million cubic meters.
Lake Sevan is one of the largest alpine lakes in Europe and Asia. It is located in the heart of the Armenian Highland, at an altitude of 1914 meters. The lake is a major drinking water source in the region. -0-