Water pumping from Sevan to be doubled
Armenia plans to increase water pumping from Lake Sevan for irrigation from 170 million to 320 million cubic meters, ARKA reports.
The Aparan Water Reservoir had only 91 million cubic meters of water last year and 51 million this year, the Azat Water Reservoir had 71 million last year and 60 million this year.
130-150 million cubic meters were pumped last year, 100-110 million cubic meters are planned this year, head of the State Committee for Water Economy said at the governmental session on Thursday.
Use of Sevan water was first made in the second half of June, about 80 million cubic meters have been used this year. New quotas for water usage would allow irrigation of 40,000 hectares. Lack of water resources will keep the price for water at 11 drams per cubic meter.
Lake Sevan is one of the largest highland lakes in Europe and Asia, located at the Armenian Highlands at a height of 1914 meters. It had a water level of 1900.13 meters on January 1, 2012.