YEREVAN, February 19. /ARKA/. Water in Sevan lake will be treated and the level will rise as part of a five-year program, said Mher Mkrtumyan, head of administration at State Water Committee of Armenia.
The government-approved 2014-2019 program includes construction of reservoirs, wastewater treatment works and measures to solve irrigation problems to avoid discharge from the lake, Mkrtumyan said at a discussion on effects of discharges from Sevan Tuesday. The government will continue subsidizing irrigation costs for farmers, he said.
The government-approved bill about protection of Sevan ecosystem envisages increasing discharges from the lake from the current 170 million to 240 million cubic meters, which is the maximum. If there is a risk of water level reduction, the discharge will be reduced for the next year, Mkrtumyan said.
According to another law, “About Lake Sevan”, water quantity is to be increased by a total of more than 8 billion cubic meters in 2002-2030. “We are ahead of the schedule and provided 5.2 billion cubic meters or 60% of the planned volume over 13 years”, Mkrtumyan said.
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 1500 square kilometers. The lake is the main source of drinking water in the region. The water level in the lake will be raised to the optimum 1,903.5 meters by 2030. –0—