YEREVAN, March 21. / ARKA /. Ineffective use of water has become a serious problem in Armenia, according to Arevik Hovsepyan, head of National Water Cooperation non-governmental organization.
Speaking at a conference on basic water related problems in Armenia today timed with the World Water Day, she said water pollution and supplying people with clean water are the two biggest challenges now.
The conference was organized as part of a SPRING PR company’s project called Let’s Take Care of Water.
Comparing the current situation with what there was a decade ago she said the level of water pollution has grown because of lack of strict government control. However, she also praised the government for effective measures taken in recent years to address these problems, in particular, through building water treatment plants.
Arevik Hovsepyan said to address this problem in a more effective manner the government should work out special programs on how to improve the quality of water resources management.
Tatevik Simonyan, co-founder of SPRING PR Company, said ineffective use of water for irrigation and by small hydropower plants is another acute problem.
The conference was attended by experts from various government agencies, including the ministries of energy and natural resources, agriculture and environmental protection, as well as international experts and businesspeople related to water resources.
The World Water Day, marked on March 22, was proclaimed by UN General Assembly in 1993. This year event’s motto is ‘Water and Energy."
According to UNICEF and WHO estimates published in 2013 a staggering 768 million people do not have access to safe drinking water. Most of the people without access are poor and live in remote rural areas or urban slums. -0 -