YEREVAN, July 18. /ARKA/. Illegal down-wells in Ararat Valley will be closed or plugged before the end of this year, Armenian Nature Protection Minister Aramais Grigoryan said Thursday at a regular Cabinet meeting.
According to the government’s figures, about 50% of underground water resources are concentrated in the Ararat Artesian Basin. A great number of down wells have been dug for decades. Many of them are illegal and water is taken from them by using pumps and this leads to pollution of wells.
Grigoryan said the government has earmarked AMD 107.5 million for closing or plugging of illegal down wells.
The minister said some 40 down wells are planned to be closed or plugged in the third quarter alone.
On July 10, 2013, the Armenian government set a price for consumption water – 15 drams per one cubic meter of deep water and 5 drams for one cubic meter of surface water. Before that this water was consumed for free.
The money received from this will be spent on plugging some 700 illegal wells in Ararat Valley.
The government says about AMD 4 million is needed to plug one well. ($1 – AMD 407.19). ---0----