YEREVAN, July 17. / ARKA /. The Armenian government has allowed today the State Water Committee to pump out 245 million cubic meters of water from the country’s largest Lake Sevan in 2014 for irrigation purposes, by 75 million cubic meters more than projected earlier. The decision was prompted by shortage of irrigation water in reservoirs.
In January 2014 the Armenian government approved a set of amendments to the “Law on Restoration and Protection of Lake Sevan’s Ecosystem," permitting thereby to increase the volume of water pumped out from the lake for irrigation purposes until 2019.
According to the State Water Committee head Andranik Andreasyan, the volume of water is to be increased from the 170 million to 240 million cubic meters per year. He also said the government plans to build a series of reservoirs by 2019 to solve the problem.
Lake Sevan, one of the largest alpine lakes in Europe and Asia, is located in the heart of the Armenian plateau, at an altitude of 1,914 meters. The lake stretches over 70 kilometers from northwest to southeast. Its water surface area is nearly 1,500 square kilometers. The lake is the main source of drinking water in the region. –0—