Government plans to make up for Sevan water level decline by end of year
YEREVAN, August 14. /ARKA/. Armenia’s ministry of environment intends to make up for reduction in water level in Sevan after the irrigation season is over, by the end of the year, the minister Aramayis Grigoryan said.
Demand for irrigation, hence withdrawal from Sevan were high this year due to dry weather conditions, the minister said. Unfortunately, the parliament had to amend the law and increase the maximum withdrawal from Sevan up to 270 million cubic meters, of which 130 million has been already used, Grigoryan said.
The minister reminded that water level in Sevan is to be increased to 1,903.5 meters. Bearing in mind the long-term schedule, the level has been already exceeded by one meter, he added.
According to Armenia’s State Water Committee, the level of water in Sevan Lake dropped by 9 centimeters to 1,900 meters and 48 centimeters in July 2014 compared to the same period of the year before. –0--